Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sam Kerr named fifth best player in football’s Women’s Ballon d’Or

Sam Kerr named fifth best player in football’s Women’s Ballon d’Or

She scored a tournament-record 15 goals for Lyon in the Women's Champions League last season.

In response to the backlash, Solveig issued an apology insisting that he has always had the utmost respect for women.

The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil's Marta - victor of FIFA's best player prize - to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world. I don't think the respect has been there. "I have no regrets with the decision I made".

He is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or since it was initiated as a European award in 1956.

After collecting her Ballon d'Or, Hegerberg told The Associated Press she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer".

Ronaldo was second with France star Antoine Griezmann third and his national teammate Kylian Mpbappe fourth, with Messi rounding out the top five.

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The lack of one standout French candidate cleared the path for Modric, who heroically helped his country to the World Cup final before being beaten by France in Moscow.

The 25-year-old Australian global striker was nominated after starring for clubs - Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars - and country, winning the Golden Boot as top scorer in Australia's W-League and American NWSL. I was just happy to win the Ballon d'or'.

"Modric is an exceptional player".

Earlier in the night, Kylian Mbappe was named victor of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year.

Upon being named victor, voted for by her fellow pros and awarded by France Football magazine at a swanky ceremony in Paris, the 23-year-old made her way to the stage in a stunning gold dress, a fitting outfit to collect the golden award.

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