Paris: France right back Benjamin Pavard’s sublime volley against Argentina at the World Cup has been voted Goal of the Tournament, Fifa has announced.
The world’s biggest football tournament in Russia produced 169 goals in 64 matches.
Pavard, 22, netted the equaliser against Argentina with outside of his right foot in the 57th minute, before France triumphed 4-3 in round of 16 en route to lifting the trophy.
In an online poll where over three million users casted their votes through the Fifa website, Pavard’s stunner finally got the nod.
“The ball bounced up as it came to me. I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down,” Pavard said.
“I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me. I didn’t think it over, and when it went in I just felt so happy,” he added.
Pavard becomes the first European player to win the award since its inauguration in 2006.