Ada Hegerberg named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019

Hegerberg celebrates her UWCL final hat-trick. (PA Images)

Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg has been voted the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019, having previously won the award just two years ago.

Denmark and Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder finished second in the public vote, with Australia and Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr coming third.

The other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Japan and Lyon defensive midfielder Saki Kumagai and Portland Thorns’ USA midfielder Lindsey Horan.

Norwegian Hegerberg, 23, who also claimed the award in 2017, told BBC Sport: “It’s an honour winning this for the second time.

“Saki is my room-mate. I know her qualities and what she’s given to the club. She’s also captain of Japan which speaks for itself.

“But also Sam and Pernille are players who are at the top of their game, along with Lindsey. Winning again is such a special feeling.”

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