Giroud collects FIFA Puskas Award, Celtic win Fan Award

Joe Williams

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the FIFA Puskas Award for best goal after his stunning ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.

The forward collected his trophy at a FIFA player awards ceremony held at the London Palladium on Monday.

Giroud said: “I like acrobatic gestures but I was surprised when I saw it in the back of the net. Everything was perfect and I don’t think I could do it again.”

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.

Celtic supporters won the Fan Award, recognising their celebrations in May for the 50th anniversary of the club winning the European Cup.

Gianluigi Buffon claimed the best goalkeeper prize and the 39-year-old was also named in the FifPro World XI, which did not include a single English player nor even a player from the Premier League.

In defence, Paris St Germain’s Dani Alves and AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci were picked, along with Real pair Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.

Madrid’s Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were included in midfield, together with Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar took the three attacking spots.