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Sam Kerr named among women’s football elite

London: Australia international Sam Kerr has been rewarded for a stellar 12 months by being named among the world’s top female footballers for 2019 following the announcement of the BBC’s Women’s Player of the Year.

Matildas star Kerr, who plays for Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars, came a highly creditable third in the poll behind second-placed Pernille Harder and winner Ada Hegerberg who claimed her fourth UEFA Women’s Champions League title with Olympique Lyonnais last Saturday.

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Japan and Lyon ace Saki Kumagai and Portland Thorns' USA midfielder Lindsey Horan had also been nominated for the BBC World Service award.

Kerr enjoyed a superb 2018, bagging a second consecutive Golden Boot at club level in both the United States and Australia, while becoming the all-time top scorer in the W-League – a record she also holds in the National Women’s Soccer League.

On the international stage, Kerr was made captain of her country and guided Australia to the inaugural Cup of Nations crown in March.

The 25-year-old is now expected to play a major role for Australia at next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Photo: AFP

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