The Best FIFA Player of the Year Shortlist Announced

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The 11-woman shortlist for this year’s The Best FIFA Player of the Year has been announced.

Last year’s winner Megan Rapinoe has not made the shortlist of nominees this year. Nevertheless, the list is littered with star players and it could be an extremely tight vote ahead of the awards on December 17.

Below is the full list of who has made the shortlist and why they have been selected as the best players in the women’s game.

Lucy Bronze

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The England international is widely regarded as one of the top players in world football for both her defensive and attacking prowess.

Before making her move to Manchester City she was a regular for Lyon. Last year, she won the Champions League as well as a French double – picking up a winner’s medal in the league and cup.

Bronze was also named in the Champions League Team of the Tournament for 2019/20. She was also crowned UEFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2019.

 

Sam Kerr

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Kerr has been a silverware vacuum since arriving at Chelsea. Since her debut, she has scooped up a WSL title, Continental Cup and Community Shield.

Before that, she was named the NWSL MVP and picked up the Golden Boot. She managed a record-breaking 18 goals in one season while playing for Chicago Red Stars.

Pernille Harder

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The second of three Chelsea players to make the list this year. But it was the forward’s achievements at Wolfsburg which pushed her into stardom.

Harder was the top scorer in the Bundesliga, helping Wolfsburg to a fourth consecutive Frauen Bundesliga title. She also became the first foreign player to win the Women’s Footballer of the Year award in Germany.

Chelsea secured her signature with a world record transfer fee – highlighting the calibre of player she is.

Ji So-yun

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The final Chelsea player on this list. Ji is always a player in and around both team and individual awards.

Like Kerr, she has won three trophies with the Blues in the last 12 months.

Ji was also shortlisted for the WSL Player of the Year award in 19/20. Even with the league being swamped with world-class players, Ji has always been a mainstay.

Delphine Cascarino

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An instrumental player in everything Lyon won last season. Just like Bronze, Cascarino scooped up three trophies amongst a star-studded Lyon side.

Cascarino was name Player of the Match in the 19/20 Champions League final as well as being named in the Team of the Season.

Caroline Graham Hansen

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Graham Hansen was another player to win multiple trophies last campaign which included a domestic double.

The attacker stared in Barcelona’s Champions League campaign which earned her a place in the squad of the season, beating off many top class talents.

Jennifer Hermoso

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Hermoso rejoined Barcelona in July 2019 and her campaign was nothing short of sensational.

Winning La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup is terrific but to finish as the league’s top scorer as well ices the cake.

The Spaniard managed 23 goals in just 19 appearances, which included a 9-1 win over Real Madrid.

Dzsenifer Marozsan

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A truly magnificent year has earned Marozsan a place on this list after picking up four trophies for both club and country.

The German international helped her country win the Algarve Cup as well as winning the Champions League, French league and cup.

Marozsan put in numerous standout performances in a Lyon side full off talent in each position.

Saki Kumagai

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A sometimes underrated player, Kumagai won three trophies with Lyon like many players on this list.

She was named in the Champions League Team of the Season. Her talent is highlighted through her time spent with Lyon, now at seven years in Europe’s best team.

Wendie Renard

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A colossus at the back for both club and country, Renard captained Lyon to another season filled with silverware.

Lifting three trophies and leading by example puts Renard up there as one of the best defenders in the world. A threat in the opposition’s box makes her even more important to Lyon.

Vivianne Miedema

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Miedema seems to outdo herself with every passing year and last campaign was no different.

Top scorer in both the Champions League and WSL has made people recognise her as one of the deadliest strikers on the planet.

The Dutch international has also just become the WSL’s top ever scorer, with 52 goals in just 50 appearances.