FIFA Goal of the Tournament award – Benjamin Pavard
Prior to the encounter between Argentina and France, there were only a few candidates for FIFA’s goal of the tournament award. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was leading the charts with his free-kick against Spain in the first round of the group stages.
However, the right-back’s crucial equalizer against Argentina in the knock-out stages stood out the most in the tournament. At 2-1, Argentina were in the driver seat in the game, when the right-back decided to knock the ball as fierce as possible.
Benjamin Pavard’s spinner of a right-footed shot went like a bullet across the net to give France the equalizer. Pavard could not have found a better time and place to net a goal, and with that stunner went up to his market price and bidders.
What a Stunner:
France right-back Benjamin Pavard has won the 2018 World Cup goal of the tournament award for his stunning strike against Argentina, FIFA announced on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/GVrRFcT1me
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) July 25, 2018
France went on to become the eventual champions of World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. The build-up of the goal was rather simple, with a left-wing cross from Lucas Hernandez which was met in fine fashion before Argentina realized that they were level in the game.
Not a bad effort from the others:
The second place, however, went to the strike from the Columbian winger Quintero who rolled a free-kick straight into the net against Japan in the group stage. A brilliant left-footed strike from the Columbian found the back of the net against the outstretching hands of the Japanese goalkeeper.
Golden Ball winner and Croatian skipper Luka’s Modric’s strike against Argentina came third from the top of the list of top goals scored in the tournament. Modric flung his right boot and netted the ball right into the nets with an outstanding finish that would have made an array of forwards real proud.
Pavard’s goal was selected out of 18 candidates who scored brilliant goals in Russia. The France defender received more than three million votes on FIFA’s website.