Both Villa Park ace John McGinn and Pride Park forward Mason Bennett scored wonder-goals in the Championship last season.
Aston Villa have followed in Derby County’s footsteps by issuing a tongue-in-cheek rebuke of FIFA on Twitter after one of their wonder-goals from last season was also overlooked by the world football governing body for the latest edition of the Puskas Award.
Last September, John McGinn opened his account for the club following his summer switch to Villa Park from Hibernian when the West Midlands club hosted Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.
After the Owls had taken the lead through Marco Matias, McGinn equalised as a looped clearance came his way, unleashing a stunning first-time volley which, beginning its trajectory outside the frame of the goal, found the top corner.
A few months later, Derby forward Mason Bennett scored a wonder-goal of his own, a twisting overhead volley out of nowhere in March’s 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic, but neither player was named in the ten-goal shortlist for the Puskas Award, announced this week.
While FIFA were told to “grow up” by Derby on Twitter…
…Villa suggested that they had spelt McGinn’s name wrong in the shortlist:
Two goals from the UK have made this year’s shortlist – Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend against Premier League champions Manchester City and Cliftonville Ladies’ Billie Simpson against Sion Swifts Ladies.