FIFA 2017 Puskas Award Nominees Announced: Olivier Giroud Makes Shortlist Alongside Goalscoring Goalie Oscarine Masuluke (Videos)

Chris Wright

22nd, September 2017

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FIFA have revealed the 10-strong shortlist for the 2017 Puskas Award award, which features a couple of nods for the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud’s outlandishly emphatic scorpion volley for Arsenal against Crystal Palace has made the cut…

Phwoar. Gets better every time you see it.

Nemanja Matic has also found his way into the running courtesy of the then-Chelsea midfielder’s coruscating 25-yard strike against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals last season…

Unlikely as it may seem, the pair will be vying against a South African goalkeeper by the name of Oscarine Masuluke.

Not only did Masuluke score an overhead kick for Baroko FC in a crunch tie against Orlando Pirates last November, it also proved to be a 95th-minute equaliser into the bargain…

The other seven nominees are Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alejandro Camargo (a stonking volley from inside his own half), Deyna Castellanos, Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Aviles Hurtado, Mario Mandzukic and Jordi Mboula.

All the goals can be watched again on the FIFA website, where the public poll is now live.

Who gets your vote this year, Pies fans? Giroud all the way for us.

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  1. dc says:

    Giroud’s goal does have that ‘je ne sais quoi-lity’ to it but I’d like to see the GK win it. Up for a last minute corner, running AWAY from goal, 18 yard box, full extension, through a crowded penalty box, top corner… eye of the needle stuff there

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