The shortlist for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2021 has been revealed and winner will be announced on Monday, 29 November on BBC World Service and the BBC Sport website.
The five contenders for the BBC World Service accolade were chosen by a panel of experts, including coaches, players, administrators and journalists. Voting is now opened and closes at 09:00 GMT on Monday, 8 November.
Barcelona winger Caroline Graham Hansen shone on the club and international stage in the 2020-21 season, winning the quadruple with Barca and qualifying for the Women’s Euros. Also, named in the Champions League squad of the season and nominated for Uefa’s Women’s Player of the Year award.
The 26-year-old was Norway’s top scorer in their Euro qualifiers, netting 10 times as they topped Group C. She has also been a part of their World Cup qualifiers, in which they are so far unbeaten.
Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema broke Nikita Parris’ all-time scoring record and helped the Gunners to Champions League qualification. She was nominated for WSL Player of the Season and the FIFA Women’s Best award.
The 25-year-old goal poacher broke the record for the most goals scored at a single Games with 10 in four matches at the Tokyo Olympics before her Dutch team bowed out in the quarter-finals losing to USA.
Alexia Putellas had a clean sweep in the 2020-21 season as she won the quadruple with Barcelona and a lot of personal accolades.
The 27-year-old Spaniard performances earned her UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year and Champions League Midfielder of the Season awards.
Ashley Lawrence helped PSG end Lyon’s reign in the French league of 14 consecutive titles as the Paris side finished the league season unbeaten.
The skillful full-back played in every Olympic match for Canada as they won gold in Tokyo.
Sam Kerr won the WSL’s Golden Boot with 21 goals which helped seal the title for Chelsea. She also won the Community Shield and Continental League Cup last season with Chelsea and helped her side reach the UEFA Women’s Champions League final for the first time.
On the international stage the 28-year-old captained Australia at the Olympics, scoring six goals and helping her country finish fourth.