After the Newcastle Jets' teenage star Riley McGree's nomination for the best goal scored in the world of football this year, let's take a look at the 10 goals in contention for the Puskas Award, from worst to best.
10. Lionel Messi - Argentina v Nigeria
A nice finish from the Barcelona superstar, but not even close to the other nine strikes on this list. It feels like the committee just added a Messi goal to give the field more cachet.
9. Mo Salah - Liverpool v Everton
Salah scored plenty of brilliant goals this year, but are we sure this was even HIS best finish of 2017-18? May win due to the power of the fan vote from both Egypt and the Reds' faithful, but this is nothing extraordinary.
8. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos -AEK Athens v Olympiacos
A lovely knuckle-ball free kick, but that's just it. A brilliant free kick simply doesn't belong in the same category as a brilliant open play goal (unless your name is Ronaldinho or Roberto Carlos).
7. Denis Cheryshev - Russia v Croatia
One of the breakout stars of the World Cup, the Spanish-based Russian scored a few lovely goals, with this curler into the top corner the pick of the bunch.
6. Ricardo Quaresma - Portugal v Iran
Now we're talking. Possibly the player most well-known for using the outside of his foot, Quaresma nailed an absolute peach against Iran, which ended up keeping Portugal in the competition.
5. Giorgian De Arrascaeta - Cruzeiro v Mineros
The first of an acrobatic trio to start our top five - the Uruguay playmaker made a late run to the box before turning himself sideways in mid-air and lashing the ball home.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid v Juventus
Not much to split the next two, but Ronaldo gets bumped down to fourth by his then-teammate. This glorious finish prompted the Juventus fanbase to rise to their feet and applaud, a gesture that Ronaldo said stayed with him – and played a part in his transfer to the old lady.
3. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
Obviously, the circumstances surrounding a goal aren't everything, but the fact that this was in the Champions League final, and that Bale was a bit further away and had more defenders in front of him, gets the Welshman onto the podium ahead of Ronaldo.
2. Benjamin Pavard - France v Argentina
An absolute screamer, it has to be said. The fullback caught a rapidly moving ball absolutely perfectly, lashing it across the keeper and into the top corner with more swing than Wasim Akram in his pomp. It would be a worthy winner, except...
1. Riley McGree - Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City
Could there be any other? McGree's goal was so unique, so inventive and the voice of football himself, Martin Tyler, said it was his pick for goal of the year.