The Bundesliga returned from its winter break with a bang in January, with 75 goals scored across the first three matchdays of 2018.

Of those, several strikes stood out from the crowd as efforts of singular beauty, but non more so than James Rodriguez's inch-perfect free-kick, which fended off fierce competition from Leon Bailey's cheeky back heel toNils Petersen's outrageous 45-yard lob, and Maximilian Arnold's set-piece that defied the laws of physics to take the prize.

Voting percentages (votes cast on the Bundesliga's official YouTube and Facebook channels).

James Rodriguez 27%
Maximilian Arnold 26%
Nils Petersen 16%
Leon Bailey 2 9%
Shinji Kagawa 8% 
Leon Bailey 1 6%
Thomas Müller 5%
Timo Werner 2%
Milos Jojic 1%
Franck Ribery 1%

Watch: All the contenders for January Goal of the Month!

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