DANNY DUBIDAT could find himself rubbing shoulders with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after his sensational winner for Alvechurch ended up being viewed around the world.
However, Church’s top scorer told the Standard his biggest goal is to fire Ian Long’s side to a second successive promotion.
The 25-year-old striker’s three-touch volleyed winner against Sheffield in Saturday’s 3-2 home win has been admired by millions around the globe, with the footage taken by Alvechurch’s Elliot Macvie going viral, and could be in the running for the Puskas Award – FIFA’s award for the year’s best goal.
The former Bedworth, Tipton Town and Redditch forward joked he needed something special to placate boss Ian Long after revealing he had been given a rollicking at half time.
“I was having a bit of a stinker so I needed to do something special,” he smiled. “It was by far the best goal I’ve ever scored, probably by 100 per cent.
“I can’t believe all the attention it has attracted. It’s been amazing. My phone literally hasn’t stopped pinging since Saturday. It’s crazy.
“I’ve even had people coming up to me and saying ‘are you the guy who scored that goal?’
“Our clips usually get around 200 views so to hear it’s had a million hits and been seen all around the world is unbelievable and to hear people say it could also be nominated for the Puskas Award …it’s amazing.”
Dubidat, who leads the Lye Meadow goalcharts with 14 goals, praised goalkeeper Lewis Gwilliams for his precise pass from deep in the Church half before he controlled the ball, flicked over a defender and volleyed home while falling backwards to lob the keeper.
“We call Lewis ‘GPS’ because he is so good with his distribution,” said Dubidat. “When the ball came to me, the defender was close behind me so I was able to flick it round him and it sat up nicely for me.”
Cue pandemonium on the sidelines as the ball hit the back of the net but Dubidat said the goal was even more important to keep up Alvechurch’s momentum in the Evo-Stik South promotion push.
“We needed the win,” said the striker. “We really want to challenge for promotion.
“We’ve come to a new level after being promoted but we feel we can compete. I do believe we’ve got the best squad in the league. We’ve got a lot of players who have played at this level and above so there’s no reason why we can’t get promoted. That’s what we are all working for.”
Dubidat and second placed Alvechurch will be looking for more of the same on Saturday when they face Newcastle Town at Lye Meadow.
Go online to see Dubidat’s goal at youtube.com/watch?v=YJepqOnhPrM.