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BREAKING NEWS: Giroud wondergoal wins FIFA Puskas Award

Olivier Giroud saw off competition from Deyna Castellanos and Oscarine Masuluke to win the FIFA Puskas Award.

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24 Oct 2017, 00:40 IST
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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has won the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award for his improvised backheel volley against Crystal Palace.

The France international saw off competition from Venezuela women's international Deyna Castellanos and Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke with his stunning effort at Emirates Stadium on January 1.

Giroud’s remarkable goal saw him meet Alexis Sanchez's cross with a remarkable and audacious volley that looped over his head and beat Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey via the crossbar.

Speaking at the FIFA Best Awards ceremony at London Palladium, the 31-year-old dedicated the prize to his father.

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"It's an honour for me and I'm delighted to receive this trophy today," he said.

"I would like to thank the people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the three [finalists], who scored amazing goals too.

"Obviously, I would like to thank my team-mates – without them I could not score this goal – and my family.

"I also would like to dedicate this trophy to my Dad."

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