Rangers star Kemar Roofe has discovered his fate after over 600,000 votes were cast for the UEFA Goal of the Season award [UEFA.com].
The Gers star’s spectacular goal from inside his own half in a Europa League group stage clash against Standard Liege in October 2020 was shortlisted alongside nine other outstanding strikes.
Goals scored in any UEFA competition between October 2020 and July 2021 were eligible, so the shortlist featured efforts from the Champions League, Euro 2020, the Women’s Champions League, the European U21 Championships and the Futsal Champions League, as well as the Europa League.
Over 600k votes were cast in all, with Roofe hoping to join an illustrious list of previous winners that includes Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic.
It wasn’t to be, though, with the Gers forward coming in third.
Second place went to Lorenzo Insigne for his goal for Italy against Belgium in a Euro 2020 quarter-final, where he picked up the ball inside his own half and drove forward, beating a defender before curling in a fine finish from the edge of the box.
The top spot went to Mehdi Taremi of Porto, who received close to 30% of all votes.
The Iranian striker’s winning effort was a stunning overhead kick against Chelsea in a Champions League quarter-final in April.
There’s certainly no shame in coming third, but Roofe will no doubt be disappointed not to have scooped the major award and as spectacular as Taremi’s effort was, plenty of Bears will feel their player has been hard done by.
After all, earlier this week, an official UEFA account did refer to Roofe’s goal as ‘timeless’.