Matty Burrows’ memorable year gets even better as another award has landed on his lap before he starts packing his bags for Zurich.
His stunning back heeled volley against Portadown has given him a shot at landing the prestigious Ballon d’or Puskas Award for the best goal scored in 2010.
It would be real fairytale stuff if he could beat the likes of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben to the prize and he can head to Switzerland for the verdict on January 10 with renewed confidence after the Sky Sports website concluded he’s the worthy winner.
In their 2010 football review, Sky sports.com hailed Glentoran’s new YouTube sensation.
The website states: “Few people outside of Northern Ireland and the Carling Premiership knew of Burrows before his goal against Portadown, but he announced himself to the world with his stunning backheel effort. The goal has made Burrows an internet sensation and has even seen him nominated in the top ten for Fifa's prestigious Goal of the Year prize.
“Burrows may not enjoy a career playing at the highest level, but he can be content that he has made an imprint on the football world with his truly spectacular, audacious goal which will live long in the memory.”