Six Mohamed Salah goals better than Liverpool star's FIFA Puskas Award winner
On a topsy-turvy night at The Best FIFA awards, perhaps the most controversial decision was to bestow Liverpool's Mohamed Salah with the Puskas Award (i.e. goal of the year) for his strike against Everton last season.
Many were baffled to see Salah's solo effort come out on top, especially as it wasn't even close to the best goal that the forward scored over the course of his individually stellar 2017-18 campaign.
That sentiment was echoed by teammate James Milner, who offered wry congratulations to his teammate after the winner -- chosen by an online fan vote -- was announced.
But is Milner right? Here are six Salah strikes that could have been shortlisted ahead of his goal that landed him the award.
Milner wasn't alone in mocking the FIFA vote, with former Tottenham and Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason claiming that the Puskas Award had "lost a lot of credibility" by overlooking the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
#puskasaward has lost a lot of credibility for me tonight! Not even the best premier league goal of the season from Salah....— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) 24 September 2018
How was this overlooked? Arguably one of the best ever CL goals pic.twitter.com/qUo9GRA9Uo
Salah's goal was also selected over a bevvy of World Cup screamers on the shortlist, including Benjamin Pavard's deft swerving effort against Argentina and Ricardo Quaresma's outside-of-the-boot beauty against Iran -- which FIFA voted as their goal of the tournament.
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After scoring 44 goals in 52 appearances last season, Salah also finished up in third place in the voting for the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year award, behind Ronaldo in second and winner Luka Modric.
However, the Reds star couldn't command a place in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 team of the year, which saw the attacking slots filled by Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and that man Ronaldo.
🚨 ALERT 🚨 @FIFPro & @FIFAcom proudly present the #World11 of 2018! 🎊 🎉— FIFPro (@FIFPro) 24 September 2018
Well done to all players that have been selected! 👏
📖👉https://t.co/DGHqVqhmrf#TheBest #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/gxxsQ3Juc9
The FIFPro team is composed by votes garnered from all professional men's footballers in the world, whereas the Best FIFA Men's Player award is decided by national team coaches and captains, as well as selected media representatives.
ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price contributed to this article