Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud named as finalist for FIFA Puskas Award

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud named as finalist for FIFA Puskas Award

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud is still in the running for the award.

FIFA have announced the final three nominees for the 2017 FIFA Puskas Award. Arsene Wenger assesses Arsenal's performance against BATE Borisov and revels in Olivier Giroud's 100th goal for the club.

Venezuela under-17 worldwide Deyna Castellanos, France striker Olivier Giroud and South African keeper Oscarine Masuluke have been nominated by Federation Internationale de Football Association as the three finalists for the 2017 Puskás Award.

He will be up against Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos who scored from the halfway line at the Under-17 Women's World Cup.

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Voting will remain open until the day of the awards ceremony itself, with the victor of the fan vote receiving their award on stage at the venue on Argyll Street.

Ironically, Giroud's goal did not gain the same acclaim in England, with his strike not deemed worthy enough to even win the Goal of the Month award for January 2017 as West Ham's Andy Carroll took the prize.

His superb stoppage-time bicycle kick clinched Baroka a draw against Orlando Pirates, understandably capturing the imagination of fans worldwide.

Castellanos, 18, is also up for the Best FIFA Women's Player award despite still playing as an amateur at Florida State University.

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