The Final Shortlist For The 2017 Puskas Award Has Been Released

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The 2017 Puskas Award voting has now been narrowed down to three goals.

Just over two weeks ago, FIFA released the following shortlist of ten goals that fans were able to choose from:

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Las Palmas)

Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Concepción)

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela U-17)

Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Avilés Hurtado (Tijuana Xolos)

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus)

Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC)

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

Jordi Mboula (FC Barcelona U-19)

And now we are down to three, with voting now open to determine who scoops the gong when 23 October rolls around.

Olivier Giroud’s sublime scorpion kick against Crystal Palace on New Year’s day is undoubtedly the most high-profile go in the final three and you can bet your house on Arsenal fans doing their usual voting sabotage.

On the goal, the Frenchman started off the move with a glorious flick on the halfway line and after being picked out by Alexis Sanchez in a cross that didn’t have too much pace on it, Giroud adjusted his body position superbly and managed to pull off an outrageous finish that looped over Wayne Hennessey in the Crystal Palace goal and went in off the crossbar.

But, you’d be wrong if you didn’t think Giroud had some serious competition for the Puskas Award.

South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke is in the running thanks to his sensational 96th minute overhead kick scored back in December.

Masuluke went up in the sixth minute of stoppage time with his side Baroka FC on the verge of losing to Orlando Pirates.

He was thrown into the mix for a corner with the aim of making a nuisance of himself but when the ball was cleared and fell into his path, with his back to goal, he netted an utterly outrageous overhead kick that flew into the top corner.

He then thrusted his hips with his teammates around the corner flag in the wild, but perfectly acceptable celebrations for a goal of this ilk.

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