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AS Roma Awards 2015-16: Goal of the Season

Our unveiling of the award winners for the 2015-16 season heads towards its climax as we reveal the penultimate winner - for goal of the season.

Top scorers in Serie A last season, there were certainly no shortage of goals to choose from as fans voted for their goal of the season.

From long range strikes to slick team passing moves and almost every type of goal in-between, there was certainly no lack of options for fans when it came to voting for their goal of the campaign. 

Here is a reminder of the shortlist:

  • Francesco Totti v. Genoa
  • Alessandro Florenzi v. Udinese
  • Stephan El Shaarawy v. Empoli
  • Mohamed Salah v. Fiorentina
  • Stephan El Shaarawy v. Frosinone
  • Alessandro Florenzi v. Barcelona
  • Mohamed Salah v. Palermo


And, without further ado, the final results of the voting:

4th: Mohamed Salah v. Fiorentina

Mohamed Salah certainly enjoyed playing against his former side in 2015-16, scoring three times as the Giallorossi won both games.

This was the pick of the bunch; the winger cutting inside from the right flank before receiving the ball and curling a beautiful shot inside the far corner with his left foot. 

It was a precursor of things to come - the Egyptian would finish the season as the club's top goalscorer in all competitions.

3rd: Francesco Totti v. Genoa

Some things never leave you - and, as Totti enters his final season in professional football, it looks like his ability to take a free-kick is something that will never leave him.

This strike came in the midst of the No. 10's remarkable run of cameo appearances to end the season, just weeks after his two-goal performance had rescued victory against Torino. 

Once again the Giallorossi found themselves 2-1 behind late in the game, and once again Totti rescued them. The substitute lashed home from the edge of the box to draw Spalletti's side level - the turning point in what would ultimately be a 3-2 win for the visitors.

2nd: Mohamed Salah v. Palermo

The Egyptian had a season decovrated with fantastic goals, but this finish was arguably the pick of the bunch.

What made it so memorable was the imagination and technique required to pull it off - most players would not have seen a way to squeeze the ball home from such an acute angle, but the Egyptian made it looked simple as he deftly curled the ball between helpess defender and goalkeeper and into the net - to the clear shock of teammate Edin Dzeko.

Goal of the Season 2015-16: Alessandro Florenzi v. Barcelona

Could there really be any other choice? Florenzi created worldwide headlines with his strike against the reigning European champions, a 65-yard effort that ensured the Giallorossi drew 1-1 in the Champions League group stage game.

Few players ever have the guts to attempt such a strike, yet alone the technique to pull it off. Yet there was Florenzi, wheeling away in celebration after making Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen look utterly helpless.

"I could barely believe my own eyes when I saw the ball slowly drifting down and into the goal," Florenzi later reflected. 

"I lifted my hands to my face, then I heard the roar of the Olimpico and my team-mates ran over to celebrate with me. On a personal note, it was the most exciting moment of the whole year."

Congratulations Alessandro!

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