Oliver Giroud, Castellanos, Masuluke shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas award

Oliver Giroud, Castellanos, Masuluke shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas award

- Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick goal has been shortlisted as one of final three nominees for 2017 FIFA Puskás Award

- The French man has claimed that the goal scored against Crystal Palace was the best of his career

- He becomes the first French footballer to be shortlisted for the Puskas award

​Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace has been named as one of final three nominees for the ​2017 FIFA Puskás Award.

The French international was nominated along with Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos, whose kick off strike from the halfway line was voted the best goal of the U-17 Women's World Cup.

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Oliver Giroud, Castellanos, Masuluke shortlisted for the FIFA Puskas award

Oliver Giroud scored with a back heel volley against Crystal Palace. Photo: BBC

A last minute scissors kick equalizer from Baroka FC 's goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke also made the final three list.

The trio emerged as the front-runners from a shortlist of ten after votes from hundreds of thousands of fans were counted.

The first round of voting was concluded on Monday, October 9, and a second phase has now started to decide the winner.

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Voting will close on October 23, when the winner will be announced on stage during a ceremony at the London Palladium.

Previous winners of the Puskas award include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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