Sam Kerr becomes first woman to win England’s Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year two years in a row2 min read
Days before she aims to propel Chelsea to a fourth consecutive Women’s Super League title in England, which would lead to another FA Cup-WSL double, Sam Kerr has become the first woman to win the England Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year trophy in two straight seasons.
Chelsea needs to beat bottom-placed Reading on the final day of the season this weekend to seal the title again. A draw is also likely to be enough for the Blues, who sit two points above Manchester United, with a five goal buffer if it comes down to goal difference.
No woman has previously been awarded the honour two years in a row in its short history. Among the men, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only two to have done so in 75 years.
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Under two months away from the women’s World Cup to be hosted on home soil, the Matildas’ record-breaking star said winning her domestic competition is at the forefront of her mind for now.
« Anyone that’s involved in football knows how hard it is to come back year after year and to stay at the top. So we’re doing everything to win on Saturday, » she said.
Kerr has had another triumphant season, netting 28 goals in all competitions, most notably the winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United earlier in the month.
« It’s amazing. It’s something that I’m very proud of, » Kerr said.
« Off the back of the Euros, women’s football has grown a lot. Walking down the street, the crowds are bigger, everything’s just increased over the last year. »
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