You will likely have seen the 60-yard strike from Rovers flop Herold Goulon over the weekend. Well now the 31-year-old has been backed to win the 2019 FIFA Puskas Award.

That is awarded for the best goal, in the men’s and women’s game, with former winners including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And Goulon, who made just three appearances at Rovers between 2010 and 2012, has been backed to win the award.

His manager at Malaysian side, Pahang, Datuk Suffian Abdul Rahman said the club would be pushing the Malaysian FA to nominate the 31-year-old’s goal for the award given the overwhelming response worldwide.

The 2016 award winner, Faiz Subri, has also backed the Frenchman, having won it himself while playing for the Malaysian club, and in doing so becoming the first Asian winner.

The goal which came in the third minute of injury time, was recorded at 65 metres and came during the Malaysia FA Cup semi-final first leg against Perok.

Subri said: “We can see how focused he was in perfecting that free kick to get that goal. It shocked all the fans and even I was stunned.

“I would like to see his goal nominated for the Puskas award.

“The international media will write about the story behind the beautiful goal, and it would give a positive impact to our league.

“I hope this will inspire more footballers to work hard at creating interesting moments such as these in the M-League, so that more people would be proud of what we have to offer.”

Goulon signed for Rovers in 2010 from Le Mans. He made his debut in November of that year as a substitute in a home win over Aston Villa, with his sole start, which only lasted 28 minutes, coming in a 7-1 defeat at Manchester United.  

His career has taken an unlikely turn in to the headlines, with his current boss keen to push his cause all he can.

He told the Star: “Goulon told me that it’s been crazy. His phone has been ringing all the time.

“We’ll provide all details to FAM (Football Association of Malaysia). We are happy for Goulon. We hope this goal will put Malaysia on the world map.”