Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard might’ve claimed that the Kemar Roofe wonderstrike against Standard Liege was the best he’d ever seen live, but it’s still been snubbed for the FIFA Puskas Award.
Jamaican international Roofe announced himself as a Rangers player last season with a stunning strike from his own half after shrugging off four defenders on a waterlogged pitch in Belgium.
It was the second goal in a 2-0 Europa League victory over Standard and an impressive result during a run of impressive European results at Ibrox.
However, whilst Gerrard waxed lyrical and fans sang Roofe’s praises, the timing of the goal prevented it being considered for the coveted FIFA Puskas Award last year.
The official FIFA Award recognises the greatest goal of the year and given Roofe netted this strike two weeks after the cut-off for goals from 2020, it could not be considered.
Last season, entries for the award – which is named after legendary Hungarian and Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas – ended on October 7th. The goal was scored October 22nd.
But the timing of the strike appears to have come back to haunt the Gers forward after Roofe was also snubbed by FIFA for this season’s award.
Rangers star Kemar Roofe out of the running for 2021 FIFA Puskas Award
Instead, the likes of Erik Lamela’s Rabona v Arsenal, Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick v Chelsea and even Patrik Schick’s long-range effort v Scotland have made the official shortlist of 11 goals.
Remarkably, Roofe’s stunner has been omitted and it very much feels like the forward has fallen victim to circumstance.
It’s not fair that the goal isn’t even recognised amongst the nominations, and it’d be interesting to hear FIFA’s official explanation as to why.
The winner of the award is decided by a panel of FIFA legends and registered fans on the FIFA website and the current holder of the award is Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.
Speaking of Kemar Roofe, Rangers have been handed a boost ahead of the club’s clash with Hibs despite the FIFA Puskas Award snub.