England’s Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby are among the nominees for the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or award.Defender Bronze was part of the Lyon side that won last season’s Champions League, while forward Kirby won a Super League and FA Cup double with Chelsea.
Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta, who won the best female player award at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London last month, also makes the list.The ceremony to announce the winner will take place in Paris on 3 December.
Kirby, 25, was crowned PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the year last term and scored the only goal for England in a 1-0 win over Brazil on Saturday.
Bronze, 26, also won the French league with Lyon after arriving from Manchester City, having also had spells at Sunderland, Everton and Liverpool.The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football to male players every year since 1956, with former England international Sir Stanley Matthews the first winner.
The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication and the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.This year will be the first time a female footballer has been recognised.
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