The goal scored by Brazilian Richarlison from a scissor against Serbia in the first match of the two teams in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup won the award for the most beautiful goal in the tournament, according to what was announced by the International Federation of Football Associations.
Richarlison won this award thanks to the public vote, ahead of nine other nominated goals.
After a cross from Vinicius Jr. on the outside of his right foot, Richarlison controlled the ball with his left foot, before turning around to launch it with an acrobatic right-back into the Serbian net, scoring his second personal goal in the match that ended with a 2-0 victory for “Seleção”.
This goal prompted one of the commentators to say, “This is Brazil,” and made everyone believe that coach Tite’s men would ignite the finals with their technique, football magic and improvisation, but, despite some charming moments, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Croatia on penalties.
The audience chose this acrobatics at the expense of the Saudi goal, Salem Al-Dosari, in the historic victory against Argentina, the Dutchman Cody Khakpo against Ecuador, the Argentinean Ensu Fernandez against Mexico, the Cameroonian Vincent Abubakar against Serbia, the Mexican Luis Chaves against Saudi Arabia, the Frenchman Kylian Mbappe against Poland, Richarlison also against Korea. The South, the Korean Seong-Ho Paek against Brazil, and the Brazilian Neymar against Croatia.
FIFA began awarding this award in 2006, to succeed Richarlison, thus, Mexican Maxi Rodrigues, Uruguayan Diego Forlan (2010), Colombian James Rodrigues (2014) and Frenchman Benjamin Pavard (2018).