UEFA president Michel Platini is to present Northern Ireland striker David Healy with a special award for scoring a record 13 goals during the Euro 2008 qualifiers.
“His goal tally of 13 goals is a new record and deserves to be recognised,” Platini said.
“I am sure that this record will last for some time to come.”
French legend Platini stated that Healy’s new mark “will be hard to beat”.
“This is why I will be presenting him with a special award to celebrate his fantastic achievement.”
Healy, whose side missed out on qualification, described the accolade as a “great award”.
“It’s a great honour. First and foremost I’m looking forward to meeting one of the greats of European and world football,” said the Fulham forward.
“For him to take the time out to come to Belfast to present the award is a great honour.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the great man.
“It’s a great honour to hold the record.”
The record was previously held by Davor Suker, who hit 12 goals for Croatia in Euro 96 qualification campaign.
“Maybe someone will break it sometime – but hopefully it will stand for another few years,” added Healy.
“The hat-trick against Spain was the highlight. To score one against Spain was good but to score a hat-trick was great.
“It was a hugely entertaining campaign for the players and fans alike.”