The 'Atomic Ant' takes the award for his wonderful dipping effort against the Robur, one of 15 goals he scored in a record-breaking 2011-12 campaignThe votes are in. Having already revealed the winners of three of our four Goal.com season awards for Serie A, we now bring you the result of our final poll: the Goal of the Season. From over 2500 votes cast, the winner was Sebastian Giovinco's week-37 beauty for Parma against Siena.
The Italy international, who is co-owned by the Ducali and Juventus, won over 43.06 per cent of our readers' votes for his long-range effort in the late-season clash, seeing off Stefano Mauri's spectacular strike against Napoli in April.
|HOW YOU VOTED
|1. Sebastian Giovinco v Siena - 43.06%
2. Stefano Mauri v Napoli - 37.37%
3. Rodrigo Palacio v Napoli - 11.42%
4. Juan Cuadrado v Siena - 8.15%
Giovinco's strike - a half-volley steered magnificently with dip and swerve into the net beyond Siena keeper Gianluca Pegolo - came in a 2-0 win for the Gialloblu at the Franchi Montepaschi Arena that helped them eventually finish in eighth place, level on points with Roma.
Mauri's goal had looked unbeatable for a while. His was a fantastic overhead bicycle-kick with magnificent timing and co-ordination from Stefan Radu's left-wing cross. It was enough to see off Napoli in a Champions League head to head, but would ultimately prove fruitless as Udinese pipped the Biancocelesti to third place.
Giovinco delight | The Atomic Ant celebrates his award-winning strike against Siena
Rodrigo Palacio grabbed the final podium spot for his unstoppable goal against the Azzurri in January. The Genoa striker received Alberto Gilardino's headed knock-down and unleashed a fantastic effort across Morgan De Sanctis. Clearly off balance, the Inter-bound forward showed great technique to get his body around the ball in such a way that his shot didn't fly over the bar, rather it took an arcing path beyond the flailing dive of the goalkeeper.
That effort received 85 votes more than Juan Cuadrado's solo strike against Siena which brought up the rear. The Colombian did superbly to carry the ball all the way from inside his own half, fend off a couple of challengers with a display of excellent step-overs, then lifted the ball over Pegolo for a superb goal in a 4-1 win.So it's Giovinco who scoops our final Serie A award despite some tough opposition, crowning a personal best season in which he grabbed 15 goals - more than twice as many as in any preceding campaign. Congratulations to Sebastian on hitting the strike that Goal.com fans of Calcio will have been playing over and over again.