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Video: Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Glentoran's Matty Burrows battle for FIFA Ballon D'or 2010

MAtty Burrows celebrates his wonder goal against Portadown
Video: Click 'next' for FIFA's top ten goals of the season

Matty Burrows - Glentoran
It's a goal that has been seen across the globe with an estimated four million hits and growing by the day - not bad for a lad from Bangor. For those not in the know, there seemed to be nothing on as Glentoran were struggling at home to Portadown before a hopeful cross into the box was met by Burrows who, with his back to the net, tried an audacious back-heeled volley that found the top corner.

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Matty Burrows - Glentoran
It's a goal that has been seen across the globe with an estimated four million hits and growing by the day - not bad for a lad from Bangor. For those not in the know, there seemed to be nothing on as Glentoran were struggling at home to Portadown before a hopeful cross into the box was met by Burrows who, with his back to the net, tried an audacious back-heeled volley that found the top corner.


Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Well, it wouldn't be a proper football competition if there wasn't a goal from the little Argentinian magician. This one came for Barca in a La Liga encounter against Valencia, picking the ball up outside the box, leaving three players in his wake as he waltzed in on goal and then coolly slotted past the keeper at the near post.

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Well, it wouldn't be a proper football competition if there wasn't a goal from the little Argentinian magician. This one came for Barca in a La Liga encounter against Valencia, picking the ball up outside the box, leaving three players in his wake as he waltzed in on goal and then coolly slotted past the keeper at the near post.


Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)
If you're going to score the opening goal for the host country in the first World Cup in Africa then you may as well make it a good one - and Tshabalala certainly did that. Having withstood a Mexican onslaught, the Bafana Bafana striker set off on a lung-bursting run before unleashing a rocket past the helpless keeper.

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Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)
If you're going to score the opening goal for the host country in the first World Cup in Africa then you may as well make it a good one - and Tshabalala certainly did that. Having withstood a Mexican onslaught, the Bafana Bafana striker set off on a lung-bursting run before unleashing a rocket past the helpless keeper.


Linus Hallenius (Hammarby)
It's unlikely you've seen this one unless you're a big fan of the Swedish second division but once you have you won't forget. Gets the ball at left hand edge of box, chests it up, flicks it over the defender and then volleys into the far corner. Think of Marco van Basten showing off.

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Linus Hallenius (Hammarby)
It's unlikely you've seen this one unless you're a big fan of the Swedish second division but once you have you won't forget. Gets the ball at left hand edge of box, chests it up, flicks it over the defender and then volleys into the far corner. Think of Marco van Basten showing off.


Neymar (Santos)
The Brazilian's goal owed much to the influence of another South American as he set off on a mazy run reminiscent of Ricky Villa's FA Cup Final classic for Spurs against Manchester City. Neymar picks the ball up 30 yards out though with Garth Crooks nowhere to be seen and scores a cracker.

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Neymar (Santos)
The Brazilian's goal owed much to the influence of another South American as he set off on a mazy run reminiscent of Ricky Villa's FA Cup Final classic for Spurs against Manchester City. Neymar picks the ball up 30 yards out though with Garth Crooks nowhere to be seen and scores a cracker.


Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Holland)
The former Rangers favourite scores one of the top goals of the 2010 World Cup with a sizzling shot in the semi-final against Uruguay. A magnificent strike from 35-yard beats Fernando Muslera in goal and flies into top corner. Perhaps if Holland had tried kicking the ball as hard as this rather than anything that moved in a Spanish shirt they would have fared a little better in the final.

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Holland)
The former Rangers favourite scores one of the top goals of the 2010 World Cup with a sizzling shot in the semi-final against Uruguay. A magnificent strike from 35-yard beats Fernando Muslera in goal and flies into top corner. Perhaps if Holland had tried kicking the ball as hard as this rather than anything that moved in a Spanish shirt they would have fared a little better in the final.


Hamit Altintop (Turkey)
It may not have had the importance of van Bronckhorst's strike coming as it did in a match against Kazakhstan, but don't let that detract from the magnificence of the Turkish star's strike. Direct from a corner, the ball is hammered to the far side of the penalty box where it is met on the volley by the Bayern Munich midfielder. Think Paul Scholes against Bradford, but with long hair.

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Hamit Altintop (Turkey)
It may not have had the importance of van Bronckhorst's strike coming as it did in a match against Kazakhstan, but don't let that detract from the magnificence of the Turkish star's strike. Direct from a corner, the ball is hammered to the far side of the penalty box where it is met on the volley by the Bayern Munich midfielder. Think Paul Scholes against Bradford, but with long hair.


Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
It's an Arsenal goal so obviously it's going to be a thing of beauty, isn't it? The French star's was certainly that, coming against Porto in the Champions League where he glided past hapless defenders before finally getting bored and slotting the ball home.

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Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
It's an Arsenal goal so obviously it's going to be a thing of beauty, isn't it? The French star's was certainly that, coming against Porto in the Champions League where he glided past hapless defenders before finally getting bored and slotting the ball home.


Kumi Yokoyama (Japan)
Ah yes, where would we be without a goal from the Under-17 Women's World Cup, but it is quite a goal. Japanese starlet Yokoyama, who was only 16 at the time, left a trail of North Korean defenders tackling air, some of them beaten three times in a goal that has the hallmarks of George Best, you know the one, when he's in America in the Seventies and rounds everyone from Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter (and we don't mean the Arsenal one). It's far from a one-off for Kumi who seems to do this sort of a thing on a regular basis. Think Gregory's Girl, but with a better haircut.

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Kumi Yokoyama (Japan)
Ah yes, where would we be without a goal from the Under-17 Women's World Cup, but it is quite a goal. Japanese starlet Yokoyama, who was only 16 at the time, left a trail of North Korean defenders tackling air, some of them beaten three times in a goal that has the hallmarks of George Best, you know the one, when he's in America in the Seventies and rounds everyone from Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter (and we don't mean the Arsenal one). It's far from a one-off for Kumi who seems to do this sort of a thing on a regular basis. Think Gregory's Girl, but with a better haircut.


Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
There was a spell last season when every time the former Chelsea winger got the ball he looked like scoring the goal of the season. This one came in the German Cup Final where he sets off down the touchline before cutting in to score.

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Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
There was a spell last season when every time the former Chelsea winger got the ball he looked like scoring the goal of the season. This one came in the German Cup Final where he sets off down the touchline before cutting in to score.

Every footballer in the world wants to be mentioned in the same breath at Lionel Messi.

Click More Pictures above to watch FIFA's top ten goals of 2010

Now Glentoran’s new scoring sensation Matty Burrows can boast of being on the same shortlist as the little Argentinian with the mesmerising feet as football’s world governing body selects the best goal of 2010.

Barcelona’s Messi caught the attention of the world a long time ago.

It’s only just over a month since Burrows’ name was splashed across the globe, thanks to his winning goal against Portadown.

It was no ordinary goal either. His back-heeled volley while in mid-air flew past stunned goalkeeper David Miskelly and claimed three points for the Glens on the night and now it could see him strike goals, with Burrows in line to win FIFA’s Ballon d’or Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

FIFA announced a couple of weeks ago that Burrows had made the final 10 for the award and now they’ve unveiled the rest of the contenders.

To succeed the 2009 winner Cristiano Ronaldo he only has to win more votes than Messi, Holland captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who fired home a 30-yard stunner in the World Cup semi-final and a South African who scored the first goal of the first World Cup to be played on his home continent.

And there’s a pretty special goal from a Swedish striker Linus Hallenius — which has been compared to Marco van Basten’s volley that helped Holland win the 1988 European Championships — as well as one from Arjen Robben.

Easy, eh?

We’ll know if Burrows’ goal has done it on January 10 when the winner is announced at the gala Ballon d’or awards ceromony in Zurich.

The importance of the match is one of the criteria FIFA used to draw up the final 10 and when you think that van Bronckhorst’s strike opened the scoring in a World Cup semi-final, then Burrows’ goal much further down the scale in an Irish League game must have really impressed those who selected the shortlist.

Within a matter of days Burrow’s strike has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

As of last night there were around four million hits — and counting.

What a rise to fame for 25-year-old Burrows, who just three years ago was an unknown, turning out for Dundela in the rather modest surroundings of Wilgar Park. With all due respect, it’s a long way from Barcelona’s Nou Camp or the World Cup finals.

It’s not every day that a part-time footballer from Northern Ireland is regarded as up there with a player regarded as the most skillful on the planet, so Burrows has every reason to savour the moment.

The much maligned local game, often knocked by some who wouldn’t know one Roy Walker from the other, now has a worldwide profile, being up there with a World Cup in terms of goals.

Every fan, of Carling Premiership clubs and beyond, should get onto the FIFA website and vote for Burrows’ goal so that he — and the domestic game — enjoys a little more than 15 minutes of fame.

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