Adelaide United exceeded expectations at Japan 2008 with their 1-0 victory over Al Ahly in the match for fifth place, and the goal that sealed victory also provided them with an unexpected prize. That is because the winner of FIFA.com's Goal of the Tournament competition was not Wayne Rooney, nor Luis Bolanos or Flavio, but rather the Aussie underdogs' Cristiano.
The Adelaide star's wonder strike was certainly a worthy winner, the Brazilian having wriggled away from two Ahly defenders before unleashing a unstoppable 20-yard drive into the far corner of the net. And although there was no shortage of tremendous goals at the global club showpiece, Adriano's superb match-winner received more than twice the number of votes of any of its rivals, finishing with a rating of 4.6, just ahead of team-mate Daniel Mullen, who received an average of 4.5.
The full results can be found below.