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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined by Ismaila Sarr on UEFA’s Goal of the Season shortlist

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are joined by Rennes starlet Ismaila Sarr and Man United legend Nani in UEFA’s 2018-19 Goal of the Season shortlist

  • The usual suspects made it onto UEFA’s annual Goal of the Season shortlist
  • However, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were also joined by youngsters 
  • Rennes’ Ismaila Sarr and 17-year-old Frenchman Enzo Millot also made it

UEFA has opened the voting for the annual Goal of the Season competition, and the usual suspects have been joined by some bright young stars.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the list, but they’ve also been joined by Rennes starlet Ismaila Sarr, Monaco’s Enzo Millot, and Apollon Limassol’s David Faupala.

Sarr’s goal came against Jablonec in the Europa League group stage, where he played a one-two on the edge of the box and fired a powerful volley into the top corner. 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an excellent volley for Juventus as the ball came down over his head

Ismaila Sarr scored for Rennes after completing a one-two and smashing the ball into the net

Ismaila Sarr scored for Rennes after completing a one-two and smashing the ball into the net

Lionel Messi's free-kick against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final was memorable

Lionel Messi’s free-kick against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final was memorable

Sarr’s good recent form has led to interest from Watford, who are continuing negotiations for what would be a club-record £24million fee for the winger. 

Faupala’s impressive overhead effort came against Lazio in a 2-0 Europa League group stage victory. 

17-year-old Enzo Millot scored in the Under-17 European Championship quarter-finals for France, managing to chip the goalkeeper from 30 yards after a quick break.

As for the more famous goals on the list, Lionel Messi’s unbelievable free-kick against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals makes it on there, as does Cristiano Ronaldo’s volley against Manchester United in the group stage.  

Portugal's Danilo scored an impressive solo effort after picking up the ball in the middle

Portugal’s Danilo scored an impressive solo effort after picking up the ball in the middle

Enzo Millot was able to chip the goalkeeper from range after a quick break by France U-17

Enzo Millot was able to chip the goalkeeper from range after a quick break by France U-17

Former United player Nani, now playing for Sporting in his home country of Portugal is also on there, capping off a lovely passing move with some intricate skill around the box followed by a calm finish.

Chelsea’s Pedro makes the shortlist as well, with his goal a very nice team effort, as the Spaniard finished off the move with a close range chip over the keeper.

Katerina Svitkova is the sole woman on the list thanks to her long range effort against Bayern Munich for Slavia Prague in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

Katerina Svitkova is the only woman on the list thanks to her long range effort against Bayern

Katerina Svitkova is the only woman on the list thanks to her long range effort against Bayern

Ivan Rakitic scored a tricky volley as the ball came to him on the edge of the box against Spurs

Ivan Rakitic scored a tricky volley as the ball came to him on the edge of the box against Spurs

Apollon Limassol's French forward David Faupala pulled off an acrobatic overhead kick

Apollon Limassol’s French forward David Faupala pulled off an acrobatic overhead kick

Ivan Rakitic is another Barcelona player to have scored a fantastic goal this season, putting a difficult volley from the edge of the box in off Tottenham’s left post in the Champions League.

Portugal’s Danilo rounds out the list with a goal in the European Championship qualifiers against Serbia. Picking up the ball near the halfway line, he goes on a surging run before placing the ball in the top corner from range.  

Former Manchester United player Nani scored for Sporting with some neat passing and skill

Former Manchester United player Nani scored for Sporting with some neat passing and skill

Pedro capped off a lovely Chelsea passing move with a chip over the goalkeeper

Pedro capped off a lovely Chelsea passing move with a chip over the goalkeeper

You can watch each of the goals back and vote for your favourite on the UEFA website. 

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