When Riley McGree Scored The Best Ever Scorpion Kick Goal


When Riley McGree Scored The Best Ever Scorpion Kick Goal

On this day two years ago Riley McGree scored one of the best goals you've probably forgotten about, and somehow missed out on the Puskas Award to Mo Salah.

Every now and again someone will score a goal that will make you make a noise that is best compared to Gary Neville's reaction to Fernando Torres in the Champions League semi-final in 2012, best known as a 'goalgasm.'

Two years ago today McGree, aged just 19 at the time, scored exactly that type of goal, with a silent reaction only possible if your jaw dropped on the floor.

The then Newcastle Jets midfielder outdid Olivier Giroud and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score probably the best Scorpion Kick goal of all time.


McGree's wonder goal was nominated for FIFA's Puskas Award in 2018, for the best goal scored in world football, but missed out to Mo Salah.

The Liverpool forward's goal against Everton in December 2017 was a perfectly good goal but it caused huge controversy when it won the award.

Salah's strike beat Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead kick in the Champions League against Juventus to win the award but surely McGree's strike should have beaten them both?


Gareth Bale's own incredible Champions League goal, in the final against Liverpool, didn't even finish in the top three in the competition.

World Cup goals from Benjamin Pavard and Ricardo Quaresma were also better than Salah's effort, which finished with 38% of the vote in 2018.


He was just a teenager at the time with his whole career ahead of him but there's every chance that the Australian won't score a better goal before he retires.

McGree started his career at Adelaide United and made his debut in A-League aged just 17 before being signed by Club Brugge in 2017.

He had loan spells back to Australia with the Jets, where he scored his worldie, and Melbourne City before returning to Adelaide on a permanent deal last summer, having never made an appearance for Brugge.

Topics: Football News, On This Day, World Football, Puskas Award, Australia, throwback

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