England defender Lucy Bronze has been named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year for 2020. It is the second time the Lyon star has won the award, after first collecting the accolade back in 2018. Bronze fought off fierce competition from all over the world to win, so, as a result, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the best women’s footballers on the planet…
Lucy Bronze - Lyon
The BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year starts off our list. Bronze also won the UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year in 2019.
Megan Rapinoe - OL Reign
OL Reign captain Megan Rapinoe came third in the recent BBC vote. The American, who has split opinion due to her lack of match action, starred at last year’s World Cup.
Vivianne Miedema - Arsenal
Vivianne Miedema was runner-up to Bronze in the BBC vote. The Dutch striker has shone for Arsenal and also became her nation’s all-time top scorer last year.
Sam Kerr - Chicago Red Stars
Sam Kerr has been a goalscoring machine for both club and country and now appears to be in her prime. She’s found the back of the net with ease for Australia and Chicago Red Stars.
Julie Ertz - Chicago Red Stars
Kerr’s Chicago Red Stars teammate, Julie Ertz, is one of the best defensive midfielders around. The American played a key role in successes for both club and country last year.
Wendie Renard - Lyon
Lyon captain Wendie Renard is arguably the best central defender in women’s football. She was the star for France as they hosted the World Cup last year and is turning into a regular goalscorer from the back.
Ellen White - Manchester City
Ellen White was England’s star of the World Cup, and she’s continued her good form for new club Manchester City. Give White a chance and she will bury it.
Alex Morgan - Orlando Pride
Alex Morgan’s six goals at last year’s World Cup helped the USA retain their trophy in France. She’s arguably been the biggest star in women’s football across the planet for several years now.
Ada Hegerberg - Lyon
Unfortunately, Ada Hegerberg couldn’t showcase her talent at the World Cup last year with Norway. However, with club Lyon, the forward has been getting better and better and couldn’t stop scoring as Lyon retained the Champions League.
Rose Lavelle - Washington Spirit
American Rose Lavelle burst onto the scene on the biggest stage last year, and she’s now considered as one of the best midfielders around. Her goal against the Netherlands in the final was one of the standout moments from the World Cup.
Caroline Graham Hansen - Barcelona
Another midfielder who enjoyed a fine 2019 was Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hansen. The Norwegian is one of the most creative midfielders around and she’s now established herself as one of Barca’s most important players.
Pernille Harder - Wolfsburg
Pernille Harder’s dribbling and goalscoring ability has made her one of Wolfsburg’s vital players. The forward has a real eye for goal and can play anywhere across the front line.
Danielle van de Donk - Arsenal
Danielle van de Donk has been plying her trade with Arsenal since 2015 and has improved with every season in the WSL. She also helped the Netherlands to a World Cup final last year and has had a knack of popping up with goals at crucial times.
Tobin Heath - Portland Thorns
Tobin Heath may not have scored for the USA at last year’s World Cup, however, her energetic performances were vital. The Portland Thorns forward has been finding the back of the net with ease at club level though.
Sari van Veenendaal - Atletico Madrid
Sari van Veenendaal is one of the best goalkeepers in the game. The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper starred for her country at last year’s World Cup, and at the age of 29, appears to be in her prime.
Toni Duggan - Atletico Madrid
Toni Duggan has been one of England’s star attacking performers in recent years. She’s now swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid and is considered as one of the best attackers plying her trade in Spain.
Marta - Orlando Pride
Marta has been one of the most recognisable names in women’s football over the years. The Brazilian’s famous speech following a World Cup clash last year will go down in history, and she’s continued to star for both her country and club Orlando Pride.
Amandine Henry - Lyon
Amandine Henry has proven to the world over the last 18 months that she can do it all. The midfielder is happy to work tirelessly with and without the ball and has had a habit of scoring some big goals for club and country.
Dzsenifer Marozsan - Lyon
Another world-class midfielder is Dzsenifer Marozsan. The Swede is in her prime and has been a regular in an unbelievable Lyon side over the past 12 months.
Kim Little - Arsenal
Arsenal captain Kim Little is our only Scot on the list. The midfielder has won 13 major honours during her two stints with the Gunners and has improved year on year.
Steph Houghton - Manchester City
Steph Houghton is England and Manchester City’s captain and has been a rock for club and country over the years. Now 31, Houghton still has plenty of time to remain as one of the best defenders around.
Crystal Dunn - North Carolina Courage
Versatile star Crystal Dunn has been one USA’s most reliable performers over the years. Capable of playing as a full-back or a winger, Dunn starred at left-back during the World Cup.
Debinha - North Carolina Courage
Another North Carolina Courage star is Debinha. The Brazilian forward has plenty of skill, pace and a real eye for goal and looks set to take over from Marta as her country’s main attacking star.
Eugenie Le Sommer - Lyon
In a Lyon side full of attacking talent, Eugenie Le Sommer is arguably one of the most important stars for the French side. She’s won 22 honours during her 10-year stint with Lyon and continues to be a threat going forward from various positions.
Christiane Endler - PSG
Christiane Endler enjoyed a remarkable 2019 and is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the game. The PSG ‘keeper came into her own at the World Cup for Chile, making numerous top saves in France.
Alex Popp - Wolfsburg
Alex Popp is able to play as a forward or as a midfielder, and her drastic versatility is rarely seen at the top level. The German has been Wolfsburg’s star performer over the last eight years and tends to dictate every game she turns out in.
Nikita Parris - Lyon
Nikita Parris left Manchester City for Lyon last year, and she’s continued her free-scoring form over in France. She’s had her woes from the penalty spot, but other than that, the forward has been excellent for a long period of time now.
Becky Sauerbrunn - Utah Royals
Becky Sauerbrunn has been one of the USA’s best-ever defenders, and despite turning 35 this summer, she’s continued to perform at the top level for club and country. Her ever-present figure at the heart of the backline was key for America at the World Cup.
Jill Scott - Manchester City
Energetic midfielder Jill Scott goes under the radar for her performances for club and country. Without her, Manchester City and England would be considerably weaker in the heart of the midfield.
Jackie Groenen - Manchester United
Jackie Groenen returned to the WSL last year by swapping Frankfurt for Manchester United. The Dutch midfielder has gone from strength to strength with the Red Devils and her country over the last 12 months and has dictated plenty of games on the domestic and international stage.