Women’s Footballer of the Year contender Lucy Bronze

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BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020: Lucy Bronze profile

We are profiling each of the five candidates for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 award. You can elect your winner on the BBC Sport website up until Monday, 2 March at 09: 00 GMT. The outcome will be revealed on Tuesday, 24 March on BBC World Service.

Age: 28 Position: Defender Plays for: Lyon and England

Achievements in 2019

  • Won domestic double and Champions League with Lyon
  • Uefa Gamer of the Year
  • Runner-up in World Cup Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or

Did you know?

  • First English player to win Uefa Women’s Player of the Year award
  • Played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels prior to starting senior career
  • Won WSL three times before relocating to France, twice with Liverpool and when with Manchester City

In her own words

Biggest accomplishment of the past 12 months?

” Winning the Champions League last, that was special. Although it’s my second Champions League last, the very first time I wasn’t persuaded by my own efficiency. However this year I mored than happy with how I performed and the group performed. It’s the marquee game and you wish to put on a great program for females’s football – so that was a huge highlight. That very first half I smiled all the way through.”

Proudest moment?

” At the World Cup I was so dissatisfied as my mind was set on getting to the final, so everything to do with it now I feel a bit unfortunate. But winning the SheBelieves Cup with England – we performed well, particularly in the USA video game, we scored some excellent goals and beat a few of the finest groups worldwide.”

Is there pressure to win everything with Lyon?

” We do not feel it as pressure. We have so lots of world-class gamers in our team to share that pressure that it doesn’t seem like pressure. You generally hope two or 3 perform in a team, however we understand someone weekly will help the team win. Winning is not boring – losing and drawing is boring.”

Most significant remorse?

” When I was 17 I went to America to study at university due to the fact that I got informed I wasn’t sufficient to go to this England program. I only remained the one year. They stated if I remain, I won’t get selected for England for the next couple of years – it’s too far. So I came back to England and then I had a run of injuries and believed I ought to have just remained in America. But I didn’t understand I was going to end up betting England as much as I have.”

Life goals?

” I wish to have a family. I say to the ladies at Lyon every day, I desire an infant. I’ve turned 28 however it’s going to have to wait a bit longer. That’s a goal in life. I was brought up in a terrific family and it’s something I cherished more than anything growing up.”

When have you been star struck?

“[Meeting] Lionel Messi at the awards events, David Beckham too … however the minute I was star struck was when I was 14 and Toolbox Ladies were playing Sunderland Ladies and I bet the academy. Rachel Yankey was there – I understand her rather well now having bet England together. I was with Lucy Staniforth and Demi Stokes. We were watching therefore star struck.”

Who would play you in a film?

” Sandra Oh. Actually random but I like the role she plays in Grey’s Anatomy. And in Killing Eve – they’re quite comparable characters to what I resemble as a person, amusing sense of humour, not socially constantly the very best however very driven.”

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