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Glentoran supersub Matty Burrows celebrates his wonder goal at the Oval

Glentoran supersub Matty Burrows celebrates his wonder goal at the Oval

Glentoran supersub Matty Burrows celebrates his wonder goal at the Oval

Matty Burrows’ famous wonder-goal has seen him nominated for one of the most prestigious prizes in world football.

The Glentoran striker’s amazing back-heeled volley from 16 yards against Portadown early last month, which has now received almost four million hits on YouTube, has been shortlisted for the coveted Ballon d’Or — Puskas Award.

That means that Burrows’ strike is officially one of the top 10 goals scored in the world this year.

And the former Dundela forward has described it as an ‘unbelievable honour’ to be on a list that is sure to contain some of the biggest names in the game.

“I couldn't believe it when I was told,” he admitted. “It’s an unbelievable honour because you can only imagine the sort of goals that are going to be on that list.

“I still can’t believe the amount of coverage that the goal got.

“My favourite story was Jason Hill’s mate telling him he saw the goal on the big screen at Times Square. That’s just amazing!”

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

Meanwhile, the IFA will have a new president by November 25.

Nominations for the position will open today and close on November 18.

Council will meet a week later to elect a new leader with Co Antrim FA stalwart Jim Shaw favourite to pick up the reins from the outgoing Raymond Kennedy.

Belfast Telegraph