The Best Goal award for matchday 10 was awarded to Alberto Botia playing for Olympiacos, who topped the competition organised by Super League Greece, the Panhellenic Association of Professional Players and NOVA. The award was presented by Mr Savvas Theodoridis.
After the ceremony, the Olympiacos player stated:
“I thank all the fans that voted my goal as best goal. It is truly not very common for a defender to win the best goal award. However, sometimes we get lucky and when the opportunity presents itself, we can score a beautiful goal which is then eligible for best goal of the matchday. I was both lucky and given the opportunity. I am happy that I scored the best goal.”
UEFA recently launched an exceptional tribute video which included a mention to your presence in Olympiacos and the relations you have developed with the club and the fans, during your time in Greece. What does Olympiacos mean to you?
“Olympiacos is a very important part in my life and my career. I am very happy with my time here. Olympiacos is a very big club, one of the greatest in Europe. The club deserves to have players that always give their 100% percent for it. Because Olympiacos must be in the top place.”
What are your thoughts about the future?
“No decisions have been made yet. This is my last year in the team, according to my contract. But no decision has been taken yet.”
Mr Theodoris said:
“This is not the first goal Botia scores in the championship or the cup competition. We are used to his headers. But this was a truly exceptional goal and I must congratulate him for it. He is one of the best Spanish footballers to have ever played in Greece. All three players I met, Orbaiz, Fuster and Botia, are examples for others to follow. They are perfect professionals. They never cause any troubles. I am excited that he is the team captain. I want to ask him a big favour. As a team captain, I want him to lift his teammates’ spirit in every match. So that they win the matches. So that they play strongly. So that they are not afraid of anyone because it is their job to win the championship and not someone else’s job. No team can stand up to them. They are way better than anyone else. I fully trust him.”