Gareth Bale thinks Salah being given the Puskas trophy 'diminishes' the award

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The FIFA Puskas award is given to the most critically acclaimed goal of that calendar year, the competition was created by then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 40-yard strike for Manchester United against Porto won the inaugural award, with the accolade being picked up since by players such as Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and James Rodriguez.

This year's award featured a plethora of aesthetically beautiful finishes, from Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus to Ricardo Quaresma's outside-of-the-foot strike versus Iran at the World Cup.

Another impressive goal that featured in the 10 nominations was Gareth Bale's acrobatic bicycle kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The former Tottenham player - who had been suffering from a bad run of form up and till the final - was expected to feature in the top three at the very least due to the enormity of the strike.

Bale disagrees with Puskas award winner

However this wasn't the case, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgian De Arrascaeta filling second and third spot and Mohamed Salah picking up the award.

The Egyptian's strike against Everton won convincingly with 38% of the vote but Bale believes his goal was better and that the award has suffered because of their choice of winner.

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“Yeah, I was surprised by that, to be honest, but what can you say,”

“It makes the award look a little diminished, although it was obviously a great goal by Salah." Bale told FourFourTwo.

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Bale went on to say that not only did he believe his goal should have finished above Salah's but also that it was the Welshman's best goal ever.

“My best goal ever? I think you'd have to say that, there haven't been too many like that!

“I did love the one in the [2014] Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, but as this one was on such a big stage – the Champions League final, the biggest game in club football – and technically it was the winner, I'd have to say that it's the best.”

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