Sunday 21 January 2018

Video: Martin Demichelis scores a Stephanie Roche-like screamer during city training

Martin Demichelis unleashes an unstoppable volley
Martin Demichelis unleashes an unstoppable volley
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

This is not a subtle ploy to get you to vote for Stephanie Roche's goal ahead of next week's deadline for the Ferenc Puskas Award.

Manchester City and Argentina defender Martin Demichelis scored this wonder goal while training with Manchester City ahead of their weekend victory over Sheffield Wenesday in the FA Cup and the club released the footage today.

There are quite a number of similarities between the goal from Demichelis and that scored by our very own Stephanie Roche.

While rivals Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez will fly into the glitzy Ballon D’Or cermony in Zurich next Monday on private jets, Roche will make a grueling nine-hour road trip because of club commitments.

With voting open until the event day, the Ireland winger is pleading for a final push from the public, both in Ireland and beyond, as Real Madrid's Colombian's playmaker Rodríguez is currently favourite to triumph for his strike in the World Cup.

• To register your vote, click here.

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Stephanie Roche will battle against Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez for the FIFA Goal of the Year award

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