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Linfield boss David Jeffrey backs Matty Burrows for Fifa Ballon d’Or Puskas Award

David Jeffrey can normally be found doing everything in his power to stop Glentoran from winning silverware.

The Linfield manager would, however, love the east-Belfast club to strike gold.

And the Windsor Park chief is encouraging every Blueman to put club loyalties to the side and vote for Glens striker Matty Burrows as he attempts to beat Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich — among others — in the race to win the Fifa Ballon d’Or Puskas Award.

When Burrows’ spectacular back-heeled volley gave Glentoran victory over Portadown back in October he couldn’t have imagined the impact that his goal would have.

Not only has he made Fifa’s top 10 shortlist for the award, which celebrates the best goal of the year, he has also registered over four million hits on YouTube and now — in possibly the most remarkable move of all — he’s got Jeffrey backing the Glens.

“It’s not about Glentoran, it’s just the fact that Matty Burrows is a player from Northern Ireland and while his club will take great pride in him even being in the top 10 it’s great for the Irish League to have earned this kind of recognition,” said Jeffrey.

“I’m always someone who looks at the bigger picture and if something is good for the league then it suits me.

“Everyone at Linfield hopes that Matty gets what he deserves — which is the Ballon d’Or Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.

“His family will be proud of him, his manager, Scott Young, will be proud of him and the whole Irish League should be proud that we have a player who has got the focus of the world on him.

“I would be delighted for Matty were he to win the award, delighted for Glentoran and he gets my vote.

“I hope everyone around the Irish League votes for him too.”

And Jeffrey believes that Burrows’ strike is a one-off that will never be repeated.

“When I first saw the goal I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Jeffrey.

“Thankfully on the television they replayed it two or three times and it was only on the second or third replay that I actually realised what he’d done.

“It was incredible really.

“It was a most magnificent goal, the like of which I have never seen before and I don’t think we’ll see the likes of it again.”

To vote for Matty, visit www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward by the closing date of December 13. The winner will be revealed on January 10, 2011.

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