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Aussie Sam Kerr nominated for Ballon d’Or – football’s highest honour – for a FOURTH straight year

Aussie Matilda’s captain Sam Kerr nominated for Ballon d’Or – football’s highest honour – for a FOURTH consecutive year

  • It was a big year for Kerr who kicked two goals for Chelsea to secure the title
  • She secured a wide range of individual achievements on the global stage as well
  • Now, after finishing third last year, Kerr has been nominated for  Ballon d’Or
  • She faces a tough field  of competition including Chelsea teammate Millie Bright

Australian Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been named in a 20-strong list for the women’s Ballon d’Or – football’s greatest individual honour.

Kerr finished third in last year’s voting, but this season has won the league and cup double while claiming the golden boot.

The former Sydney FC and Perth Glory striker has already scooped a number of honours after a strong season with Chelsea, including the Best International Athlete, Women’s Soccer for the third time at the ESPYS.

It has been a huge season for Aussie Sam Kerr that has culminated in another nomination for the women’s Ballon d’Or – football’s greatest individual honour

She kicked two goals for Chelsea to secure their third straight Super League title in May this year plus there have been a mountain of individual honours.

Kerr’s trophy-winning exploits saw her become the first Australian ever to win the English PFA Players’ Player of the Year among other accolades.

She also took home the FWA’s Footballer of the Year and WSL Player of the Season, while she became the first Aussie woman to claim an award after Harry Kewell’s 2000 PFA Young Player of the Year honour.

Kerr became the first female footballer to feature on the cover of a global version of FIFA.

Lucy Bronze, who was runner-up in 2019, is one of three members of England’s Euro-winning squad to be short-listed alongside Millie Bright and Arsenal forward Beth Mead who won the Golden Boot at the women’s Euro.

France have four nominations — Selma Bacha, Kadidiatou Diani, Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Wendie Renard.

Kerr celebrates scoring her side's first goal against United States during the women's bronze medal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Kerr celebrates scoring her side’s first goal against United States during the women’s bronze medal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Defending champion Alexia Putellas, who was ruled out of the Euros with a last minute injury, and Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg, the first winner of the prize in 2018, are also in the running.

The awards, to be presented in October, are now based on a regular season from August to July rather than a calendar year.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winners will be announced at an event in Paris on October 17, 2022.

The full list of nominees are: Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Selma Bacha (Lyon), Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Christiane Endler (Lyon), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG), Catarina Macario (Lyon), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave), Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg), Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit) and Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)

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