Women's Ballon d'Or: Lucy Bronze & Fran Kirby nominated for inaugural award
England's Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby are among the nominees
for the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or award.
Defender Bronze was part of the Lyon side that won last
season's Champions League, while forward Kirby won a Super
League and FA Cup double with Chelsea.
Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta, who won the best
female player award at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London
last month, also makes the list.
The ceremony to announce the winner will take place in Paris on
Kirby, 25, was crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year and
Football Writers' Women's Footballer of the year last term and
scored the only goal for England in a 1-0 win over Brazil on
Bronze, 26, also won the French league with Lyon after arriving
from Manchester City, having also had spells at Sunderland,
Everton and Liverpool.
The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football to male
players every year since 1956, with former England international
Sir Stanley Matthews the first winner.
The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication
and the winner voted for by journalists from around the world,
with one representative per nation.
This year will be the first time a female footballer has been
2018 Women's Ballon d'Or nominees
Position Country Club
Lucy Bronze Defender England Lyon
Pernille Harder Forward Denmark Wolfsburg
Ada Hegerberg Forward Norway Lyon
Amandine Henry Midfielder France Lyon
Lindsey Horan Forward USA Portland
Sam Kerr Forward Australia Chicago
Fran Kirby Forward England Chelsea
Saki Kumagai Defender Japan Lyon
Dzsenifer Marozsan Midfielder Germany Lyon
Amel Majri Midfielder France Lyon
Marta Forward Brazil Orlando
Lieke Martens Forward Netherlands Barcelona
Megan Rapinoe Midfielder USA Seattle
Wendie Renard Defender Lyon France
Christine Sinclair Forward Canada Portland
Na people like Marta and Martens get am.
Kirby be repping...