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Sport Rapinoe, Bronze and Hegerberg lead nominees for 2019 Women's Ballon d'Or

08:30  22 october  2019
08:30  22 october  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been

Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been

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Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football.

The pair fought it out as two of the three finalists for FIFA’s The Best Women’s Player award in September, alongisde Alex Morgan, with Rapinoe claiming the trophy after grabbing all the headlines at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Bronze collected the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year accolade a month earlier, with her and the American now seen as front-runners for the Ballon d’Or, which will be awarded for just the second time on December 2 in Paris.

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Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been

Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been

Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been overlooked so far this year when it has come to individual awards, with her having not competed at the World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States assists on the games first goal during a game between Korea Republic and USWNT at Bank of America Stadium on October 3, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. © Getty Images Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States assists on the games first goal during a game between Korea Republic and USWNT at Bank of America Stadium on October 3, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Wolfsburg’s Pernille Harder, top-scorer in the UEFA Women’s Champions League last season and the 2018 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, is another absentee from this summer’s tournament who is on the list, her achievements in winning the German league and cup recognised despite Denmark’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

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Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze lead the nominees for the 2019 Women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , with the full 20-name list having been revealed by France Football. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural edition last year and is on the list of nominees again, but her treble-winning achievements for Lyon have been

The Ballon d ' Or Féminin, also known as the Women ' s Ballon d ' Or , is an association football award presented by France Football that honours the best female association football player. It was first awarded in 2018, with Ada Hegerberg of Norway becoming the inaugural recipient of the award.

Joining Rapinoe and Morgan from the World Cup-winning USWNT are Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath. The former picked up the Bronze Ball award at the tournament, her performance in the semi-finals against England and her goal in the final the stand-out moments, while Heath was a key player throughout with her contributions down the right wing.

Runners-up the Netherlands are represented by three players, with Vivianne Miedema, Sari van Veenendaal and Lieke Martens all nominated. The former two were both part of the Arsenal team that won their first league title in seven years in 2019, Miedema top-scoring in the FA Women's Super League in the process. Martens, meanwhile, helped her Barcelona side to the UEFA Women's Champions League final.

Lucy Bronze of England in action during the International Friendly match between Portugal and England at Estadio do Bonfim on October 8, 2019 in Setubal, Portugal. © Getty Images Lucy Bronze of England in action during the International Friendly match between Portugal and England at Estadio do Bonfim on October 8, 2019 in Setubal, Portugal.

The summer's Bronze Boot winner, Ellen White, is included after scoring six goals as England reached the semi-finals, while all of Nilla Fischer, Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson have a place on the list after beating White and the rest of the Lionesses to the Bronze medal in France.

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England players Lucy Bronze and Ellen White have made the 20- woman shortlist for the 2019 Women ' s Ballon d ' Or . Last year's Women ' s Ballon d ' Or winner Ada Hegerberg is expected to be among the nominees Asher-Smith and Rapinoe on BBC 100 Women of Year list. Explore the BBC.

The inaugural winner of the women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or , Ada Hegerberg , was asked to perform a twerk live on stage to celebrate collecting her award before Luka Modric won the men’s prize. England's Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby finished sixth and 14th. Kopa award for best young player.

Fischer picked up both the German league and cup before that with Wolfsburg, while Asllani returned to her best form in Sweden at Linkoping and Jakobsson continued her goal-scoring ways with Montpellier in France.

Four more of Lyon's treble-winners join Bronze and Hegerberg, with Dzsenifer Marozsan, Amandine Henry, Sarah Bouhaddi and Wendie Renard all nominated. The latter three were part of the French side that reached the quarter-finals at their home World Cup, only to lose to the eventual champions. Marozsan also crashed out in the last eight with Germany, albeit after barely featuring for her country having broken her toe in the group stages.

Finally, Stateside pair Sam Kerr and Marta complete the 20-name list. Marta became the all-time World Cup top-scorer this summer by netting twice for Brazil, while Kerr bagged her first goals at the tournament - five, to be exact, in just four games.

Ada Hegerberg #14 of Olympique Lyonnais shoots a penalty during the Trophee des Championnes between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade du Roudourou on September 21, 2019 in Guingamp, France. © Getty Images Ada Hegerberg #14 of Olympique Lyonnais shoots a penalty during the Trophee des Championnes between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade du Roudourou on September 21, 2019 in Guingamp, France.

That form is representative of Kerr's last 12 months, with her having just picked up a third consecutive Golden Boot in the National Women's Soccer League with the Chicago Red Stars, scoring 18 goals in 21 games this year. Her 19th of the season came on Sunday and fired the Red Stars into the NWSL Championship final.

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Also among the nominees for the award are Brazil star Marta and another five Lyon players including Ada Hegerberg , who claimed the USA star Megan Rapinoe is the favourite to win the Women ' s Ballon d ' Or on December 2. Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema also made the top 20

Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the second ever women ' s Ballon D ' Or . The Lyon forward did not play in the World Cup but is among the 20 nominees as are stars who were present at the competition, such as Australia striker Sam Kerr, England's Lucy Bronze and France captain

Full list of nominees:

  • Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia)
  • Ellen White (Man City/England)
  • Nilla Fischer (Linkopings/Sweden)
  • Amandine Henry (Lyon/France)
  • Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England)
  • Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon/France)
  • Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg/Denmark)
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon/Germany)
  • Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands)
  • Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA)
  • Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit/USA)
  • Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands)
  • Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)
  • Wendie Renard (Lyon/France)
  • Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)
  • Kosovare Asllani (CD Tacon/Sweden)
  • Sofia Jakobsson (CD Tacon/Sweden)
  • Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns/USA)
  • Ada Hegberg (Lyon/Norway)
  • Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)

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