England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze has been named 2020 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, coming out on top in the annual online vote ahead of Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema and USWNT icon Megan Rapinoe, who placed second and third respectively.
Over the last 12 months, Bronze has further cemented her status among a select group of world class superstars, winning the Champions League for a second time with Lyon and later scooping the Silver Ball as the second best player at the Women’s World Cup in France.
The 28-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool right-back, who previously won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2018, was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year for 2018/19 and finished second in the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or stndings.
Bronze is only the second player to win the BBC award twice after Lyon teammate Ada Hegerberg, with the BBC reporting that the 2020 poll had the highest number of voters yet.
“Winning a trophy twice is special because it's so much harder,” Bronze told BBC World Service.
She said that it is now even more of an honour given that voters in the past might not have been as clued up on who the nominated players were. But now the likes of Miedema, Rapinoe, as well as Sam Kerr and Julie Ertz, who completed the shortlist, are much more known.
“That’s definitely pretty special,” Bronze suggested. “Things have changed so much since the World Cup, and next year with a home Euros it’s something that can change even more and get even bigger, especially for us in England.
“In the past two years I’ve changed so much as a person and a leader. I’d like to think my football has improved a bit - but as a person I’ve grown up a lot. I’m coming up to 30 so I have to. When I was younger I just wanted to play and win, but now I’m taking on a bigger role to help the team win at England and Lyon.”