Sam Kerr, Marta lead nominations for first-ever women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgAustralian striker Sam Kerr, Brazilian star forward Marta along with Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and German international Dzsenifer Marozsan, among others were named in the 15-woman list to be nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, the first time one of football’s top honours will have a women’s category.Kerr has starred for national women’s side, the Matildas, on numerous occasions including at the Tournament of Nations recently where she scored four goals, spurring her team to victory over the top ranked USA.Previously claiming a number of titles including Asian player of the year, young Australian of the year and the Football Media’s Association player of the year, the 25-year old holds the record for leading all-time goalscorer in the U.S. women’s football league.The Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1956 by France Football Magazine for best male player in the world with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominating the last few years with five wins each.It will be presented in Paris on December 3.Women’s Ballon d’Or nominees:Lucy Bronze (England)Pernille Harder (Denmark)Ada Hegerberg (Norway)Amandine Henry (France)Lindsey Horan, (USA)Samantha Kerr (Australia)Fran Kirby (England)Saki Kumagai (Japan)Amel Majri (France)Dzsenifer Maroszan (Germany)Marta (Brazil)Lieke Martens (Netherlands)Megan Rapinoe (USA)Wendie Renard (France)Christine Sinclair (Canada)(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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