Sam Kerr’s stellar yr for membership and nation has been recognised by worldwide soccer with a fourth consecutive nomination for the sport’s most prestigious award, the Ballon d’Or.
- Sam Kerr is certainly one of simply 4 gamers to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or in each version since its inception in 2018
- The Matildas skipper completed third within the final version, which was received by Spain captain Alexia Putellas
- Her nomination comes after yet one more Golden Boot-winning season with Chelsea in addition to turning into Australia’s all-time main objective scorer
The Matildas captain was introduced as a part of the 20-person short-list on Saturday alongside names corresponding to Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema, English winger Beth Mead, German veteran Alexandra Popp, inaugural winner Ada Hegerberg, and present holder Alexia Putellas.
The nomination comes after yet one more stand-out marketing campaign for Chelsea the place Kerr completed the 2021/22 Ladies’s Tremendous League season as the highest scorer for a second consecutive yr, scoring 20 objectives for the Blues on their solution to retaining the league title.
The 28-year-old additionally scored two essential objectives — together with an extra-time winner — towards Manchester Metropolis at Wembley in Might to win back-to-back FA Cups.
Her performances within the league noticed Kerr grow to be the primary Australian to win England’s PFA Gamers’ Participant of the Yr in June, alongside being named the WSL Participant of the Season and voted the Soccer Writers’ Affiliation’s Footballer of the Yr.
Kerr had a record-breaking yr within the green-and-gold, too, turning into Australia’s all-time main goal-scorer in February when she surpassed Tim Cahill’s report of 50 in the course of the Asian Cup. She received that event’s Golden Boot with seven objectives, together with her present tally sitting at 59 in 110 video games.
The striker is certainly one of simply 4 gamers to have been nominated in each version of the Ladies’s Ballon d’Or, which started in 2018, rating fifth, seventh, and third respectively.
Kerr can also be the one participant from the Asian Soccer Confederation to be short-listed for the 2022 award, with the listing largely dominated by European gamers who starred at the recent Women’s European Championships.
Fourteen of the 20 nominated gamers come from the UEFA confederation, whereas Africa (Asisat Oshoala) and South America (Christiane Endler) have one every. The USA has 4 nominees, together with the youngest in 20-year-old Trinity Rodman.
In the men’s category, seven-time winner Lionel Messi missed out fully for the primary time since 2005, as did his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate, Neymar.
As an alternative, France striker Karim Benzema leads the short-list after successful the La Liga and Champions League double with Actual Madrid, ending as high scorer in Spain with 27 objectives.
He is joined on the 30-player listing by Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, England striker Harry Kane, Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, new Barcelona recruit Robert Lewandowski, and new Manchester Metropolis signing Erling Haaland.
The winners might be introduced at a ceremony on October 17.