Salah won the Puskas award (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah controversially won the the Puskas award at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 on Monday night, and endured a cheeky dig from his Liverpool team-mate James Milner.
The Egypt international somehow landed the prize for the best goal of last season, despite Gareth Bale scoring one of the greatest Champions League goals of all time in the final.
The award was opened up to a fan vote, which clearly worked in Salah’s favour, and his goal against Everton was named as the best goal over the past 12 months.
Many were utterly stunned by the decision and Liverpool midfielder Milner joked that Salah had picked up the gong with only his seventh best goal of the season.
He posted on Twitter: ‘Congrats @MoSalah on your 7th best goal from last season winning goal of the year 😜 #Baller #Topbin #oneofmanyworldies.’
Others failed to see the funny side, with former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason claiming the award lacked ‘credibility’.
He wrote: ‘#puskasaward has lost a lot of credibility for me tonight!
‘Not even the best Premier League goal of the season from Salah….
‘How was this [Bale’s overhead kick] overlooked? Arguably one of the best ever CL goals.’
Salah was delighted to pick up the award, despite the controversy.
‘Good evening everyone. Nothing much to say about that but I’m very happy and very proud,’ Salah said after winning the Puskas award.
‘I have to thank everyone who voted for me. Looking forward for another award tonight!’
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