Sam Kerr nominated for inaugural Ballon d’Or for women
The Ballon d'Or will be awarded to women for the first time in 201809 October 2018 | FT Editor
Perth Glory and Matildas star, Samantha Kerr, is one of 15 women who has been nominated for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or while 30 men are contenders for the men’s award.
Kerr's nomination arrives after she won the Julie Dolan Medal and the PFA Player of the Year in 2018 as well as other individiual honours, and was named last week as the first 'marquee' player for the W-League.
For the first time, France Football magazine is awarding the Ballon d'Or this year to a woman and a man. The ceremony takes place in Paris on 3 December.
The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football magainze 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, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation. For six years it combined with FIFA to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or, but the association was ended in 2016.
At FIFA's own 'Best' awards last month, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world's best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.
Either Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or since 2008 - five times each.
The nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or are:
|Lucy Bronze, Lyon||Pernille Harder, Werder Brême|
|Ada Hegerberg, Lyon||Amandine Henry, Lyon|
|Lindesey Horan, Portland Thorns||Fran Kirby, Chelsea|
|Sam Kerr, Perth Glory/Red Stars||Saki Kumagai, Lyon|
|Amel Majri, Lyon||Dzsenifer Marozsan, Lyon|
|Marta, Orlando Pride||Lieke Martens, Barcelona|
|Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign||Wendie Renard, Lyon|
|Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns|
|Sergio Agüero, Manchester City||Alisson Becker, Liverpool|
|Gareth Bale, Real Madrid||Karim Benzema, Real Madrid|
|Edinson Cavani, PSG||Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid|
|Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus||Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City|
|Roberto Firmino, Liverpool||Diego Godín, Atlético Madrid|
|Antoine Griezmann, Atlético Madrid||Eden Hazard, Chelsea|
|Isco, Real Madrid||Harry Kane, Tottenham|
|N’golo Kanté, Chelsea||Hugo Lloris, Tottenham|
|Mario Mandzukic, Juventus||Sadio Mané, Liverpool|
|Marcelo, Real Madrid||Kylian Mbappé, PSG|
|Lionel Messi, Barcelona||Luka Modric, Real Madrid|
|Neymar, PSG||Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid|
|Paul Pogba, Manchester United||Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona|
|Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid||Mohamed Salah, Liverpool|
|Luis Suárez, Barcelona||Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid|
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