World Cup's best goal goes to Benjamin Pavard's swerving rocket

Benjamin Pavard played an important role in France’s World Cup victory

French defender Benjamin Pavard's stunning volley against Argentina in the teams' World Cup last 16 encounter has been voted goal of the tournament by football fans.

Pavard scored a screamer in France's match against Argentina in the Round of 16, a goal fans have voted as the best goal.

France's Benjamin Pavard has emerged as the victor of the 2018 World Cup Goal of the Tournament.

The 22-year-old defender made a run on the right and made a first time contact with a cross from Lucas Hernandez.

Pavard's strike received the majority vote in an online poll conducted by FIFA.com where over three million users cast their votes.

Pavard's goal saw off stiff competition to win the accolade, including Juan Quintero's delightful low free-kick for Colombia against Japan in the group stage which finished second, and Luka Modric's long-range stunner against Argentina, also in the group stage, which came third in the voting.

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Quintero's global teammate James Rodríguez won the vote for the best goal of the 2014 tournament in Brazil with his volley from 27 metres against Uruguay.

He angled his body to unleash a curling, spinning volley through the Argentinian defense and into the top left-hand corner of the goal, leaving 'keeper Franco Armani no chance despite being at full stretch.

Les Bleus eventually won the game 4-3 and went on to lift the trophy with further victories over Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia.

"I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me".

Since the inception of this award in the 2006 World Cup, Pavard is the first European player to win it.

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