Ada Hegerberg wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017
Olympique Lyonnais and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg is crowned BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017.
Thousands of fans from across the world cast their votes as the 21-year-old beat second-placed Brazil forward Marta and third-placed Canada captain Christine Sinclair.
The other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Sweden keeper Hedvig Lindahl and Germany’s Melanie Behringer.
“Wow, it’s a surprise,” said Hegerberg.
“It’s a huge honour to win, with such big-name footballers nominated,” added the striker, whose club will seek to retain their Champions League title – to complete back-to-back trebles – when they face Paris St-Germain in Thursday’s all-French final in Cardiff.
“It’s really special, so many people from different cultures and countries voting for this trophy, it’s a huge motivation in itself.”
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An emotional Hegerberg was presented with the award by her sister Andrine, a midfielder for Birmingham City and Norway, in front of her Olympique Lyonnais team-mates in France.
“She [Andrine] has been so important for me through my career, we’ve been supporting and pushing each other and my success is all for the both of us,” she said.
“She’s my best friend and really, I’m totally blown away.”
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