Olivier Giroud isn't just good with headers, he can surprise you with some stunning finishes out of the blue. And he seems to be making a habit of it. What makes these goals even more fascinating is the fact that apart from the acrobatics, he's involved in the build-ups too.
On Monday, the French striker won FIFA's Puskas Award for the goal of the year. His breathtaking 'scorpion-kick' against Crystal Palace in January at the Emirates stadium was voted the winner ahead of Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos' miraculous half-way line goal against Cameroon in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke's spectacular bicycle kick against Orlando Pirates in the 2016/17 South African Premiership.
Giroud's goal wasn't just stunning, it was also beautiful. It all started with an Arsenal counter-attack. Giroud, with a lovely back-flick inside his own half made a crucial move in the build-up before cruising all the way to the Palace box and flicking a volley, off an Alexis Sanchez cross. The ball thundered onto the inside of the crossbar and into the net. Even Giroud was bewildered as he set off in wild celebration. Arsenal won the match 2-0 and the fans sung to the tune of NaNaNaNaaa.
Here's that fantastic goal, you can't just watch it without going 'Maa Kasam' every time it is played on the loop.
FIFA Puskas Award winner 2017: @_OlivierGiroud_
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 23, 2017
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Updated Date: Oct 24, 2017 20:26:09 IST