Olivier Giroud won the Puskás Award last night, for his ‘scorpion kick’ effort against Crystal Palace in the opening game of 2017.
For those who don’t know, the Puskás Award is a prestigious award given by FIFA to the player who scores the best goal of the year.
This year, Giroud was in the running for his ‘scorpion kick’ goal on New Year’s Day, along with nine other nominees.
Giroud, South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke and Venezuelan u17 Deyna Castellanos all made it to the final three, attending the awards ceremony in London on Monday.
But it was the Arsenal man who ended up being handed the award.
— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) October 23, 2017
Giroud had this to say of the win: “Thank you very much. It’s an honour for me and I’m delighted to receive this trophy in front of legends of football.
“Thank you to the people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the nominees who scored amazing goals. I would like to dedicate this trophy to my dad.”
The French international was surrounded by footballing royalty at the event, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the audience, and Diego Maradona and Ronaldo helping to present the awards.
But hopefully the Arsenal striker didn’t spend too long indulging in the celebrations, as he has a match against Norwich this evening.
Here’s the goal again, courtesy of the Arsenal Twitter account.
FIFA Puskas Award winner 2017: @_OlivierGiroud_ 👏👏👏
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 23, 2017
Giroud has been stamping his name on the history books all over the place recently, as he got his 100th goal for Arsenal just a few weeks ago.
He then followed that up with a potential contender for the 2018 Puskás Award against Red Star Belgrade, so overall I don’t think he can be too unhappy with how things are going.