Women’s Ballon d’Or: Ellen White and Fran Kirby shortlisted
Englishmen Ellen White and Fran Kirby are on the shortlist for the 2021 Women’s Ballon d’Or award.
Kirby, 28, helped Chelsea win the Women’s Super League – scoring 16 goals in 18 league appearances and being named PFA and FWA Player of the Year.
White, 32, scored 15 goals in 32 games for Manchester City last season despite not winning a trophy.
There are five Chelsea players on the world’s best player shortlist, as well as Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema.
The other Blues contenders are Magdalena Eriksson, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder and Jessie Fleming.
Emma Hayes’ team is the most represented team, with Barcelona, European champion.
This is only the third edition of the Women’s Ballon d’Or. Ada Hegerberg won in 2018 and Megan Rapinoe in 2019 – without any awards last year due to the Covid pandemic.
Danish forward Harder, then at Wolfsburg, was second in 2018 and England’s Lucy Bronze – who was not on this year’s shortlist – was second in 2019.
The men’s award has been around since 1956.
The winner of the prize, organized by France Football, will be announced on November 29 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or
Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea, Sweden), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG, France), Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia), Stina Blackstenius (Hacken, Sweden), Wendie Renard (Lyon, France), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage, USA), Pernille Harder (Chelsea, Denmark), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands), Sandra Panos (Barcelona, Spain), Lieke Martens (Barcelona, Netherlands), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea, Canada), Irene Paredes (Barcelona, Spain), Ashley Lawrence (PSG, Canada), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns, Canada), Ellen White (Man City, England), Christiane Endler (Lyon, Chile), Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona, Spain), Fran Kirby (Chelsea, England), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG, France)
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