“I’m very proud as a woman to be the first woman in the top three, but I’d rather my goal be seen as a great footballing goal rather than a female goal. A lot of female footballers would say the same thing, we just want to be recognised as footballers and athletes rather to be labelled as: ‘That’s a great goal for a woman.’ I just hope I can go and win the Puskas, it would be unbelievable for me.”
For anyone still doubting whether Roche’s goal deserves to win on merit, have a look at the former Celtic striker, John Hartson, analysing the three shortlisted goals for the BBC. When Roche’s strike is shown, a little smile of wonder comes over his face as he observes her three balletic touches, awestruck. “If Wayne Rooney or Ronaldo did that you’d be talking about it for years and years and years,” he says.
Enjoy The View.