If Xherdan Shaqiri feels like he’s been the victim of a pickpocketing, you couldn’t really blame him.
The Switzerland international scored a ridiculous overhead kick - easily the best goal of his career, and almost certainly the best strike of the European Championships - but lost on the Euro 2016 best goal award to Zoltan Gera.
The Hungarian claimed the individual accolade, voted for by the public, for his half-volley against Portugal in the group stages. A great goal, sure, but goal of the tournament?
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Shaqiri, speaking after the award was announced, insisted he wasn’t disappointed - but it’s hard to believe him based on his quotes.
“There are some things it would just be better not to put to the vote,” the Stoke City playmaker was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “I’m not disappointed that my goal was not elected. Everyone knows but that my goal was the most beautiful. Perhaps all Hungarians have voted.”
You sound pretty disappointed to us, Xherdan.
And who can blame him if he did feel a little upset?
Other contenders for the award
There were arguably a handful of goals better than Gera’s and, of course, Shaqiri’s is one of them.
Radja Nainggolan screamer for Belgium against Wales in the quarter-finals, Hal Robson-Kanu’s brilliant effort in the same match for Chris Coleman’s side, Luka Modric’s volley against Turkey, Cristiano Ronaldo’s header against Wales in the semis and Dimitri Payet’s effort against Romania in the opener all spring to mind.
Even Eder’s winner for Portugal against France in the final was probably more deserving of the best goal award.
Shaqiri's was (obviously) the best goal
However, Shaqiri’s was the standout goal; the one that got everyone watching inside the stadium, and those at home, out of their seats.
Even if Shaqiri is being honest when he says he isn’t disappointed, we feel disappointed for him.
Which goal deserved to win goal of the tournament? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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