Women’s Football: Lyon and England defender Lucy Bronze named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year

Lucy Bronze was alongside Vivianne Miedema, Megan Rapinoe, Sam Kerr, and Julie Ertz, who were all up for nomination of the award. 2020 saw the largest number of votes for this award in its six-year history.

Netherlands and Arsenal star-striker Vivianne Miedema came second and was shortly followed by OL Reign and USA forward Megan Rapinoe who came third.

Bronze is no stranger to this award, having won it back in 2018, she said to the BBC that “winning a trophy twice is special because it’s so much harder”.

“I look at the list of nominees for this award – before the public didn’t maybe know as much about the players – and now I think: ‘Everybody knows who these girls are’”.

Bronze does not shy away from awards, having been included in the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or where she finished runner-up, as well as being named UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year in 2019 too.

Commenting on winning the award Bronze told the BBC,“Things have changed so much since the World Cup, and next year with a home Euros it’s something that can change even more and get even bigger, especially for us in England.

“In the past two years, I’ve changed so much as a person and a leader. I’d like to think my football has improved a bit – but as a person, I’ve grown up a lot.

“When I was younger, I just wanted to play and win, but now I’m taking on a bigger role to help the team win at England and Lyon.”

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and a home European Championship in 2021, Bronze will have a world-class stage to showcase her potential. It is looking like a promising couple of years for our Lionesses.

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