Mohamed Salah wins Puskás Award for his stunning strike against Everton

After Salah was announced as the victor, social media users tweeted a collective outpouring of confusion, with some saying it was the "worst Puskas goal ever".

Nevertheless, Salah did have the opportunity to take the stage and give a victory speech when he was declared the victor of the FIFA Puskas award. Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to claim the top prize.

Mohamed Salah's fine individual goal for Liverpool against Everton during the 2017/18 English Premier League season was voted for as the best in the World.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salah said: "I am very happy and very proud".

Salah was handed the gong for his curling strike against Merseyside rivals Everton though missed out on FIFA's The Best.

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That included overhead kick stunners from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in last season's Champions League, as well as sublime efforts at the World Cup from France's Benjamin Pavard - which won goal of the tournament - and Russia's Denis Cheryshev. "Are you kidding me???" one perplexed fan asked.

Milner's Liverpool teammate James Milner was impressed, and made a joke of it.

The FIFA Puskas Award rewards the best goal scored from July 3, 2017 to July 15, 2018 and it is fair to say there have been a number of stunners along the way which could have easily beaten the Egyptian to the award.

'I have to thank everyone who voted for me.

Salah is not expected to start for Liverpool as they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup tomorrow (8pm).

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  • Lawrence Cooper