Monday 24 September 2018, London
With snow falling to set a dramatic scene in a game which needs no extra theatre, Mo Salah conjured a moment of artistic brilliance that would have looked at home on the finest of stages. The ‘Egyptian King’, as he has been dubbed by the Liverpool faithful, controlled the ball exquisitely after receiving a pass on the Reds’ right from Joe Gomez and immediately wriggled free of Cuco Martina – spinning clear of his marker before dribbling into the penalty area.
Then came the moment that stole the show, a curling left-footed shot that finished high inside the far corner of Jordan Pickford’s net. The goal was not just aesthetically pleasing, but hugely important, helping the red half of Merseyside claim a point in a 1-1 draw against their bitter rivals.
Fans from around the world had their say and chose Salah’s superb effort as the winner of the 2018 FIFA Puskás Award, with the Egyptian victorious having garnered 38 per cent of the vote.