Lieke Martens

IFFHS AWARDS | Lieke Martens voted The World’s Best Woman Playmaker 2017

Netherlands playmaker Lieke Martens has proved winning can become a habit with her successful selection as the 2017 World’s Best Woman Playmaker.

Lieke Martens’s life completely changed after winning the European Championships with the Netherlands on home soil last summer. The 24 year-old player, who joined the FC Barcelona this summer, was voted best player of the tournament and won later the UEFA and FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award as well. The offensive football of the Netherlands team was represented by Lieke Martens, who stood out with her technical skills, speedy dribbles and excellent teamwork.

Last year’s winner Dzsenifer Marozsan, who has been in the Top 5 since the first rankings in 2012, was the natural favourite this year because of her exceptional success with Olympique Lyonnais, but Euro and the success of Martens changed the picture.

The IFFHS voters from 91 countries all over the World voted 165 points for Martens, relegating Marozsan to second place with 98 points, followed by Marta and Lloyd.

RANKING 2017: THE WORLD’S BEST WOMAN PLAYMAKER 2017

1 – Lieke MARTENS (Netherlands/FC Rosengard/FC Barcelona) – 165 points
2 – Dzsenifer MAROZSAN (Germany/Olympique Lyonnais) – 98 points
3 – MARTA Vieira Da Silva (Brazil/FC Rosengard/Orlando Pride) – 80 points
4 – Carli LLOYD (USA/Houston Dash/Manchester City FC) – 78 points
5 – Pernille HARDER (Denmark/VFL Wolfsburg) – 60 points
6 – Camille ABILY (France/Olympique Lyon) – 59 points
7 – Megan RAPINOE (USA/Seattle Reign FC) – 19 points
8 – Jackie GROENEN (Netherlands/1FFC Frankfurt) – 16 points
9 – Shirley CRUZ TRANA (Costa Rica/Paris SG) – 15 points
9 – Samantha KERR (Australia/Sky Blue FC) – 15 points
11- Danielle VAN DE DONK (Netherlands/Arsenal FC) – 13 points
12- Amandine HENRY (France/Paris SG/Portland Thorns) – 10 points
12- Theresa NIELSEN (Denmark/Brondby IF/Valerenga FD) – 10 points
14- Jill SCOTT (England/Manchester City FC) – 9 points
15- Sherida SPITSE (Netherlands/Lillestrom SK/FC Twente) – 8 points
16- Jordan NOBBS (England/Arsenal FC) – 2 points
17- Aya MIYAMA (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle) – 1 point
17- Mallory PUGH (USA/Washington Spirit) – 1 point
17- Lydia Nayeli RANGEL (Mexico/Huelva/Tigres UANL) – 1 point

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