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The 2018 Puskas award nominations

10)  Gareth Bale (Real Madrid Vs Liverpool)

The Welshman was out of sorts for the majority of last season. With his consistent struggles with injuries, Bale soon found himself warming the bench and the fact was abundantly clear that Zidane just did not fancy playing the Welshman anymore. He was hauled off at half-time in the crunch game against Juve in the knockout stages while was left on the bench in the final against Liverpool. To Bale’s credit, he took his chance with both hands when he came on in the final scoring two blockbuster goals. One of those goals was down to Karius’ howler while the other one will go down as one of the finest ever scored in the final as he scored a massive overhead kick reminding everyone of his talent.

9) Denis Cheryshev (Russia Vs Croatia)

Another former Real Madrid player, Cheryshev was always on the periphery at Santiago Bernabeau after all he had the task of competing with a certain Ronaldo in his prime for his position. He had a good start to life at Villarreal but soon fell out favour there as well. Nevertheless, Cheryshev reminded everyone of his qualities as he scored an absolute stunner against finalists, Croatia in the last-eight fixture scoring from outside the box.

8) LazarosChristodoulopoulos (AEK Athens VsOlympiakos)

AEK Athens vsOlympiakos is unarguably the biggest game in Greece football. To have a memorable moment in such a big game is what every footballer dreams of.  LazarosChristodoulopoulos lived the dream when he scored a monstrous free-kick in the top corner to not only level the score for AEK Athens but also becoming a contender for the prestigious Puskas Award.

7)  Giorgian De Arrascaeta (CruzeiroVs America Mineiro)

Giorgian De Arrascaeta scored a goal for ages against Cruzeiro against America Minero in local CampeonatoMineiro league tournament. His bicycle kick was a thing of beauty hit with precision and displayed the athleticism Brazilian football is so well known for.

6) Riley McGree (Newcastle Jets Vs Melbourne City)

Speaking of magical moments, Newcastle Jets’ Riley McGree deserves a mention. McGree’s goal virtually had everything. Intricate passing, precision and then something from a different class to finish the move. After completing a couple of one touch passing, McGree scored a Giroud-like scorpion goal for Newcastle Jets.

5) Lionel Messi (Argentina Vs Nigeria)

The Barcelona star like his national team had a fairly quiet world cup but again it is Messi we are talking about. Even when he is not at his best, he does things that look so easy but are so difficult to carry out. In a do-or-die game against Nigeria, Messi stepped up took a run in between the Nigerian centre backs and collected the long ball with an exquisite touch and then finished it with equal grace. Exhilarating stuff.

 

4)Benjamin Pavard (France Vs Argentina)

Now a world cup winner with France, Pavard was virtually unknown outside Germany, where he plies his trade, before the World Cup. In a team full of well known stars, Pavard was an unrecognisable figure. However, with the World Cup now history, everyone knows who Pavard is and what he can do. Linked with Bayern Munich for some time, Pavard showed that he can be an equally good full-back. He also has a ferocious right-foot which he showed with a volley against Argentina.

 

3) Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal Vs Iran)

Ricardo Quaresma’s quality needs no introduction. For those who might have just forgotten him, he came up with a mouth-watering reminder with a trademark goal against Iran in the World Cup. The goal was nothing less than remarkable shot with fierceness with the outer foot.

 

2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid Vs Juventus)

Perhaps it was what happened after Ronaldo scored that goal ensued future. Ronaldo scored like he always does but this one was as powerful, as precise, as beautiful as it could possibly get scoring an outrageous overhead kick from Carvajal’s cross that left Juve and their entire stadium applauding Ronaldo after the goal.

 

1)Mo Salah (Liverpool Vs Everton)

 

Mo Salah did everything right last season and was always up for it in the bigger games. He came up with a moment of brilliance shaking off Everton defenders before curling one in leaving Pickford with no chance of saving it. The goal was reminiscent of Lionel Messi at his absolute best and perhaps why Salah drew so many comparisons with the Argentinian star.

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