PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Friday hailed as 'magnifique' the spectacular goal by Irishwoman Stephanie Roche which now sees her challenging James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie for the Goal of the Year award.
"It's beautiful, magnificent, pity there wasn't more of an atmosphere (crowd) to celebrate it a bit more," said former France international Blanc when shown the goal by a journalist during PSG's press conference.
"I don't know if she's going to win the prize, we'll see, but her goal is very beautiful, if it had been in a Champions League final (women) or in a match with 100,000 spectators it would have caused a sensation."
The 25-year-old blonde centrepiece of Ireland's women's attack is an 800 euro ($1,000) a month professional with Albi in the French women's league.
She is now dreaming of maybe meeting $80 million a year Cristiano Ronaldo at the award ceremony.
The goals of Colombian Rodriguez and Dutchman Van Persie during the World Cup also made the final, following a vote of internet users, who can still vote with the winner announced on January 12.