France’s Benjamin Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament for his stunning strike against Argentina
- Benjamin Pavard’s strike in the round of 16 is voted the goal of the World Cup
- He struck from outside the area with a viscous curling effort against Argentina
- Volley brought France level on 2-2 and set them on the path to a 4-3 victory
The Stuttgart right-back struck from outside the area as France levelled the scores at 2-2 in a compelling last-16 clash during this summer’s showpiece event in Russia.
Les Bleus eventually won the game 4-3 and went on to lift the trophy with further victories over Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia.
Benjamin Pavard’s stunning strike against Argentina has been voted the goal of the World Cup
Pavard’s strike brought France level in a compelling round-of-16 clash that finished 4-3
Top three: Goal of the World Cup 2018
Juan Quintero’s wonderful free-kick for Colombia against Japan in the group stage finished second while Luka Modric’s stunner against Argentina, also in the group stage came third in the voting.
‘The ball bounced up as it came to me. I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down,’ Pavard said after the match.
‘I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me. I didn’t think it over, and when it went in I just felt so happy.’
Pavard, 22, travelled to the World Cup with only six caps to his name, but won the trust of Didier Deschamps and played in all but one of their matches.
Deschamps was not the only person won over by the versatile defender, who can play at both right-back and centre-back. Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with a number of clubs since his excursions with France.
Bayern Munich are thought to be keen while Premier League club Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in recent days.
Pavard played six of France’s seven games as he helped them to a second World Cup triumph