The Egyptian beat Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the prestigious award for scoring the “most aesthetically pleasing goal” in world football
Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah has beaten Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to win this year’s FIFA The Best Puskas Award.
The Liverpool player won the award after scoring against Everton in the English Premier League. He weaved through multiple defenders before curling the ball into the top corner.
Bale and Ronaldo scored a similar overhead kick but did not win this time.
Salah is the first Egyptian to win the award from FIFA that has been delivering them since 2009.
The forward has been with Liverpool since the second semester of 2017. He has scored 35 goals in just 42 matches.
He’s currently battling criticism from many after he hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury in the last 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final.
2009: Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
2010: Hamit Altintop – Turkey
2011: Neymar Jr. – Santos
2012: Miroslav Stoch – Fenerbahce
2013: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Sweden
2014: James Rodriguez – Colombia
2015: Wendell Lira – Goianesia
2016: Mohd Faiz Subri – Penang
2017: Olivier Giroud – Arsenal
2018: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) September 24, 2018