The debate over what ranks as the best goal of the tournament at Euro 2016 has been brewing for a few days now and the results of the official UEFA poll on the subject is unlikely to bring an end to it.
In the immediate aftermath of Portugal’s extra time victory over France, Hal Robson-Kanu’s Cruyff turn-inspired effort against Belgium came out on top with the BBC.
Alan Shearer was the only dissenting voice, picking Xherdan Shaqiri’s sensational overhead kick from some 18-yards out against Poland as the winner.
However, it turns out both were wrong.
According to the results of the official UEFA poll, the Goal of the Tournament was scored by none other than… Zoltan Gera.
Yes, you read that right, the former Fulham and West Brom midfielder bagged the best goal at Euro 2016 for his fine strike for Hungary against Portugal in the group phase of the competition.
Included in a four-man shortlist that also included Robson-Kanu, Shaqiri and Cristiano Ronaldo’s flicked effort from the same game, Gera walked away with 32% of the vote.
With over 150,000 votes cast, there are some that are suggesting some Arsenal fan-style vote rigging from Hungarian fans keen to pay tribute to their national team heroes.
Still, it’s a far more palatable result than the one that saw Portugal – one win in seven games – claim the trophy.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.