Olympique Lyonnais trio dominate UEFA women's player of the year shortlist

Thu, Aug 15 2019

Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais celebrates with family after the UEFA Women's Champions League Final 2019 between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Barcelona at Ferencváros Stadium in Budapest, Hungary on May 18, 2019. Credit: Brendan Moran - UEFA/UEFA via Sportsfile

Four-time UEFA Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais predictably dominate the nominations for UEFA’s women’s player of the year award for 2018/19.

2015/16 winner Ada Hegerberg, England defender Lucy Bronze and France’s Amandine Henry have made the final three-woman shortlist for the coveted award.

All three played a key role as the southern French club secured a 12th straight domestic title and became the first two win the Champions League on four consecutive occasions.

Bronze helped England to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup in France, while Henry was part of the French side that reached the quarter-finals.

Hegerberg scored a first-half hat-trick as Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1 in the Champions League final but missed the World Cup as she continues to opt out of international football on moral grounds.

Reigning winner Pernille Harder of Wolfsburg, who pipped Hegerberg to the award last year, failed to make the shortlist as she polled in sixth place.

The shortlist was drawn up by the coaches of the top 12 teams at the World Cup and the top eight in the Champions League as well as 20 journalists from across Europe.

The rest of the top ten

4 Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal & Netherlands) – 31 points

5 Ellen White (Birmingham City, now Manchester City & England) – 22 points

6 Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg & Denmark) – 21 points

7 Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon & Germany) – 12 points

8 Caroline Graham Hansen (Wolfsburg, now Barcelona & Norway) – 10 points

9= Lieke Martens (Barcelona & Netherlands) – 9 points

9= Wendie Renard (Lyon & France) – 9 points