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Get online and vote for Glentoran wonder goal

Forget Matt Cardell, Katie Waissel, Mary Byrne and Wagner — there’s a man right here on your doorstep who’s got the X Factor and he needs your votes.

Irish Premiership sponsors Carling and the Irish FA have thrown their weight behind Matty Burrows’ sensational surge to superstardom, and they are calling on the Northern Ireland public to help him achieve that goal.

Burrows’ goal of a different kind — a truly amazing 92nd minute back-heeled volley from 16 yards out which helped Glentoran beat Portadown in the Carling Premiership last month — has seen the striker placed among some of the world’s elite after he was nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’or Puskas Award for best goal of 2010.

The 24-year-old is up against the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Dutch masters Arjen Robben and Giovanni Van Bronkhorst in the battle for the prestigious prize.

With the goal having been featured on Sky Sports show Soccer AM, BBC’s Football Focus and ITV’s evening news bulletin, as well as being shown all across the world — Burrows recalls a team-mate telling him that a friend had seen it on the big screen at Times Square in New York — not to mention the near four million hits it has received on YouTube, it’s certainly a popular addition to the shortlist.

However, Carling want football fans and the Northern Ireland public in general to hit their computers and ‘Vote Burrows’ to ensure the Bangor man will be picking up the award in Zurich in the new year for what will not only be a huge achievement for him but for the local game as a whole.

“We’re delighted that Matty’s strike in the Carling Premiership match against the Ports last month has been recognised as one of the top goals in the world, which is a first for the Irish league and fantastic for Northern Ireland football,” said Carling’s Jordana Grimes.

“We’re urging everyone in Northern Ireland to support Matty and the Carling Premiership and vote for his goal which is up against an array of international football talent.

“With the support of the public and local football legends such as Jackie Fullerton, we’re backing Matty to go all the way to Zurich in January.”

Burrows admits he can’t fathom how big his goal has become.

“To be up against some of the most talented and respected footballers in the world is an incredible feeling and to have the award within my grasp is unbelievable,” he added.

“I just hope everyone in Northern Ireland will go online and vote for me.”

To vote for Matty, visit www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward by the closing date of December 23.

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