Benjamin Pavard’s second-half rocket against Argentina has been voted goal of the tournament at the just concluded FIFA World cup.
Gabriel Mercado had put Argentina ahead in the 48th minute and it took France nine minutes to draw level courtesy a lovely side-volley from the Stuttgart defender.
France went on to win the game 4-3 on their way to claiming the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In an online FIFA poll that got over three million votes, Pavard’s rocket finish was voted the World Cup goal of the tournament becoming the first non-South American player to claim the prize.
Speaking about the goal, the 22-year old Pavard claims to have taken advice from players positioned further forward.
“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 told FIFA.com
“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.”
Pavard beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the goal of the tournament award.
Colombia’s Juan Quintero’s low free-kick against Japan and Luka Modric’s goal against Argentina were voted in second and third place respectively.
Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez, Diego Forlan of Uruguay and Colombia talisman James Rodriguez are past winners of the goal of the tournament award since its introduction in 2006.
Pavard’s goal and overall performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has seen his stock rise incredibly with speculations linking the Stuttgart defender to a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.