Robbie Muirhead’s long-range strike comes ninth as Lionel Messi’s chip against Bayern is crowned UEFA Goal of the Season
We have all seen Lionel Messi’s spectacular move that left Jerome Boateng flat on his back and gave him the first-row seat to gasp at the graceful chip over Manuel Neuer that effectively ended the contest in last season’s Champions League semi-final first-leg.
This masterpiece of a goal was announced as the UEFA Goal of the Season 2014/2015.
But truly beautiful goals take on many forms and suddenly, Scotland U19s striker Robbie Muirhead, currently on-loan at Partick Thistle from SPFL Premiership rivals Dundee United, is being mentioned in the same breath as Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar et al. for his stunning 40-yard strike against Norway U19s in a qualification match for this year’s UEFA Under-19s European Championship finals in Greece.
With the teams tied at 0-0 in the 26th minute, the former Kilmarnock youngster dropped deep to receive a pass to feet about 40 yards away from the goal, turned, took two quick touches and then smacked an absolutely breathtaking arcing shot in over the despairing Norway goalkeeper.
In a poll conducted by UEFA, this strike was now voted the ninth best goal of this season’s UEFA competitions by fans.