Absolute GOAT Sam Kerr has been Nominated For Fifa’s Best Women’s Player Award (For the 5th Consecutive Year) - Women's Health

Absolute GOAT Sam Kerr has been Nominated For Fifa’s Best Women’s Player Award (For the 5th Consecutive Year)

Coming off the back of a hat-trick for Chelsea, Kerr continues to cement her place amongst football’s greats.

On home soil, Sam Kerr is revered as one of Australia’s greatest exports. In the green and gold, Kerr shines on the field, but having since gone overseas to play for Chelsea, Kerr is making a name for herself on the international sporting stage, amassing a legion of loyal fans thanks to her athletic prowess and ability to consistently find the net even when the odds are stacked against her. It’s not surprising then, that Kerr is nominated for Fifa’s Best Women’s Player award, cementing her place amongst the best in the sport. 

While Kerr has yet to win the award, 2021’s nomination marks the fifth straight year that the Matildas captain has been nominated for such a prestigious title. 2021 also sees Kerr nominated with a growing resume, having claimed her first Women’s Super League golden boot with 21 goals. Along with this, Kerr and Chelsea claimed a WSL title, the League Cup and the Community Shield, as well as reaching the Women’s Champion League final for the first time. 

And on an international stage, Kerr continued to shine. At the Tokyo Olympics, she served as captain of the Matildas who finished fourth at the Games, their best result to date. For Australia, Kerr scored six goals and went on to become Australia’s all-time leading women’s goal scorer. 

Also on the shortlist are three of Kerr’s Chelsea teammates, including skipper Magdalena Ericsson (Sweden), fellow forward Pernille Harder (Denmark), and player Jo So-Yun (South Korea). Barcelona stars Alexia Putellas (Spain), Caroline Graham Hanson (Norway), Jenni Hermoso (Spain) and Aitana Bonmati have also been recognised. Rounding out the nominees are Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze and Ellen White, Portland and Canada captain Christine Sinclair and Sweden and BK Hachen star Stina Blackstenius. 

The shortlist for the men’s award is headed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, along with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah. 

A public vote will now remain open on Fifa’s website until December 10. The three finalists will then be announced in January, before the winner is revealed on January 17. The nomination comes off the back of a hat-trick for Chelsea as Kerr now prepares for Australia’s clash with the US this weekend. 

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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