Belfast Telegraph

Matty on target to net top award

by Chris McCann

Move over Christiano Ronaldo — Glentoran's Matty Burrows could soon be the toast of world football for ‘that’ wonder goal.

The Oval star has been nominated for FIFA’s goal of the year award — the Puskas Award.

The prestigious gong was picked up last year by ex-Manchester United whizzkid Christiano Ronaldo and honours the top goal scored in world football.

The full shortlist will be unveiled later this month and fans can vote on the FIFA website.

The winner will be the player judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant and “most beautiful” goal of the year.

Burrows, who became an overnight internet sensation when his back-heeled volley found the net against Portadown, told the Community Telegraph this week that he’s had no approaches from clubs across the water, despite the hype surrounding him at present — and vowed to stay focused on Glentoran.

“It’s just incredible to be named among some of the best names in world football,” said Burrows (above).

The striker still isn’t sure if he will be attending the glamourous do in Zurich, but admitted: “I would love to get over there. I don’t think it has sunk in yet — it’s pretty surreal, especially to be there alongside the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.”

The wonder goal has now scored almost four million hits on Youtube and Burrows admits things have become “crazy” since.

“I knew it was a good goal at the time — but it was in the last minute so all I was really thinking about was the three points.

“Then after a few days, it got a bit crazy.”

Crucially, the Glens’ man says it was no fluke. “I did mean it, I had tried it in training a few times before. I scored a similar goal before, but that was from a much closer range. It had to be perfect.”

Burrows said he would “love it” if the nomination was to bring some financial reward to troubled Glentoran. “If this could make the club some money I’d be delighted,” he said.

The former Dundela forward said, despite much fanfare since the goal, there have been no approaches from any bigger clubs.

“If a club from across the water came in, it would be hard to say no,” he admitted.

“I wouldn’t rule it out. There have been no approaches though and I’ve still one year left on my contract at Glentoran and that’s all I’m focusing on at the minute.”

Meanwhile, Glentoran chairman, Aubry Ralph, who first watched the goal in a Spanish internet cafe while on holidays, said he was “delighted for the kid”.

“It takes our mind off things a bit. If we had money for every viewing on Youtube, we’d be free,” he joked.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph