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Matty Burrows, the terror of Northern Irish league goalies, and hometown hero of Glentoran FC is to travel to the gala wards dinner with all of the other ten nominees for the Puskas Award. Given in honor of Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas, the award recognizes the player who scored the most thrilling, technically difficult, and consequential goal in all competitions. The competition for Burrows is fierce, with Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, and Samir Nasri all in the running along with South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal of the tournament against Mexico.

All ten of the nominees will be attending, so his traveling to the ceremony alone doesn’t mean much. But the quality of his stunning goal, and its significance coming in the 92nd minute, combined with the fact he doesn’t play for a major club side may give the edge necessary to win the Ballon d’Or.

See all of the goals on FIFA Puskas Awards Page.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com


About the author: Matthew Wall


I've played soccer since I could walk thanks to my father and love keeping up on all the latest gear and gab. I'm in my twenties, and I'm lucky enough to have found work in search marketing for a leading soccer retailer after completing my M.A. at Georgetown in 2008. My team is Liverpool, and national side is Ireland, but I've also got a passion for GAA and a number of sports. Feel free to give me a shout on Google+


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