Arsenal’s Miedema Named BBC Women’s Footballer Of The Year 2021

Netherlands and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has been named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2021.

Miedema, who came second behind England defender Lucy Bronze for the 2020 award, is both the Netherlands’ and Women’s Super League all-time leading goalscorer.

The 25-year-old also broke the record for most goals scored at a single Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020.

“It’s a bit unexpected to be honest,” Miedema told BBC Sport.

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“It’s pretty cool to win something like this, and with the fans voting it’s extra special.”

Australia and Chelsea forward Sam Kerr came second and Spain and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas third.

The other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Canada and Paris St-Germain defender Ashley Lawrence and Norway and Barcelona winger Caroline Graham Hansen.

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