Iran and Porto striker Mehdi Taremi said he would be looking forward to more success in his career after his superb strike against Chelsea was voted the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Tournament.
Taremi claimed over half of the votes (750,000), cast by UEFA’s website viewers, to top the 10-goal shortlist, which saw Lionel Messi’s screamer for Barcelona during a last-16 1-1 draw against PSG, and Olivier Giroud’s winner against Atletico, also an overhead goal, coming in the following spots respectively.
Taremi’s spectacular goal in the dying seconds of a last-eight second-leg encounter led the Portuguese club to a 1-0 victory over the Premier League side in Seville, Spain, in April.
The win, however, proved too little, too late for Porto as Chelsea won the tie 2-1 on aggregate before going all the way to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final.
“I’m just grateful to everyone who supported me for this goal,” Taremi wrote in an Instagram post.
“I always wished of being among the best in football … I’ll move forward, hoping for better things to come in my career, and double my efforts to make my people proud,” added the Iranian.
Taremi, now with the national team in Bahrain for the World Cup qualifiers, enjoyed a memorable debut season with the Portuguese giant, scoring 23 goals, coupled with 18 assists, across all competitions.
Also on the list were Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Luka Modric for their respective strikes against Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Kylian Mbappé’s curling effort during a 4-1 victory over Barcelona, and Neymar’s strike from behind the box – in a 5-1 rout of Istanbul Basaksehir – also earned PSG’s front men a place in the list.
Goals by Mönchengladbach’s Alassane Plea (against Shakhtar), Manor Solomon of Shakhtar (against Real Madrid), and RB Leipzig’s Angelino (against Basaksehir) were also among the contenders.