Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Manchester United Women and Manchester City Women at Leigh Sports Village. Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Image

Manchester City’s defender, Lucy Bronze was announced as The Best FIFA Women’s Player for 2020.

After finishing in third place in 2019, she became the first-ever defender and English player (for both genders) to win the award.

Additionally, the 29-year-old was included in the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World XI, voted for by her fellow professionals. This was her third appearance in the World XI in the last four years.

The decorated defender has received multiple accolades over the years including:

BBC Women’s Footballer of the year in 2018 and 2020

PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year, twice in 2014 and again in 2017

UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2019

Speaking about the award she received, Bronze said:

“I don’t think I have the words right now to explain how I am feeling. If there is anything 2020 has taught us, it is to appreciate every moment you have, never look too far ahead and live in the here and now”

“I will appreciate winning this award now more than ever and I will remember this moment for the rest of my life.”

Nominations for Best FIFA Women’s Player

Bronze faced tough competition for the award going up against Chelsea’s Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais’ Wendie Renard.

Other Candidates included:

  • Delphine Cascarino– Olympique Lyonnais
  • Sam Kerr– Chelsea FC Women
  • Caroline Graham Hansen- FC Barcelona Femení
  • Jennifer Hermoso– FC Barcelona Femení
  • Ji Soyun– Chelsea FC Women
  • Saki Kumagai– Olympique Lyonnais
  • Dzsenifer Marozsán- Olympique Lyonnais
  • Vivianne Miedema– Arsenal W.F.C

Poland and Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, was named The Best Player for the men’s category.

Bronze’s Second Spell at City

In Bronze’s first spell as City (2014-2017), she helped her team win the FA WSL scoring the match-winner in the 105th minute.

Lucy Bronze of Olympique Lyon smiles after the victory of her team during the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final against VfL Wolfsburg Women’s on August 30, 2020, in San Sebastian. (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

She left City for Lyon in 2017, where she won the league, cup, and Champions League before returning to City in 2020. She then went on to win the FA Cup with City in November.  

Manchester City’s CEO, Farren Soriano stated:

“This is totally deserved for Lucy and the latest in a long list of personal awards over the course of her career so far”

“Bringing her back to the Club in the summer was a huge signal of intent for both ourselves and Lucy in terms of how we both view the future of our women’s team”

Feature image: Fatma Samoura, Secretary-General of FIFA presents The Best FIFA Women’s Player to Lucy Bronze Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico – Pool/Getty Images

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