France defender Benjamin Pavard’s superb volley has been voted ahead of Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa’s strike and 16 other nominated goals for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hyundai Goal of the Tournament.
FIFA made the announcement on their official website on Wednesday.
Musa’s second goal against Iceland where he raced on to a long pass, beat his marker before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the back of the net, was nominated.
In an online poll where over three million FIFA.com users casted their votes, Pavard’s outside-of-the-foot rocket for France against Argentina came out tops.
The goal selected by FIFA.com users was France’s equaliser against Argentina in the Round of 16, which levelled the game at 2-2 as Les Bleus went on to record a 4-3 victory in Kazan and book their place in the quarter-finals.
Pavard’s goal saw off stiff competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria both from Argentina, Ricardo Quaresma of Portugal, Croatia’s Luka Modric, and Belgian’s Adnan Januzaj.
Pavard becomes the first European player to win the Goal of the Tournament accolade since its creation in 2006.
Other previous winners include Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Diego Forlan (Uruguay) and James Rodriguez (Colombia) winning in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.