England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze has been named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020, her second such success after previously winning in 2018.
Netherlands and Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema came second and Reign FC’s US forward Megan Rapinoe third, as the award attracted the highest number of votes in its six-year history.
Bronze completed a treble with Lyon including the Champions League, helped England win the SheBelieves Cup and reach the World Cup semi-finals.
“Winning a trophy twice is special because it’s so much harder,” Bronze told BBC World Service. “I look at the list of nominees for this award – before the public didn’t maybe know as much about the players – and now I think everybody knows who these girls are.”
“In the past two years I’ve changed so much as a person and a leader. I’d like to think my football has improved a bit – but as a person I’ve grown up a lot. I’m coming up to 30 so I have to.”
“I still say 2019 was one of my most disappointing years, purely because of the World Cup,” said Bronze.
“But I’m starting to look back even now and saying I achieved a lot and had a really good year, probably an outstanding year in my career in terms of winning trophies.”