Netherlands and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema has been named BBC Womenโ€™s Footballer of the Year 2021.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed yet another record-breaking year for both Arsenal and the Netherlands.

Miedema finished last season with 18 goals and six assists, behind only Sam Kerr of Chelsea. She also made history by breaking the all-time WSL goalscoring record, overtaking Nikita Parris’s tally of 49 goals.

Miedema was also sensational during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She smashed Christine Sinclairโ€™s six-goal record at a single Games, scoring 10 times in four games for the Netherlands.

“Something like this always comes as a surprise,” Miedema told BBC Sport.

‘The other nominees are all really good players who’ve had their own success at club and international level so I’m really honoured to have been awarded the player of the year and thanks to the fans.”

Australia and Chelsea forward Sam Kerr finished second in the public vote, while Spain and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas came third.

Canada and Paris St-Germain defender Ashley Lawrence was also nominated, alongside Norway and Barcelona winger Caroline Graham Hansen.

Four of these players, except Graham Hansen, are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Fรฉminin, which is set to be awarded in Paris this evening.