The 2017 shortlisted footballers are:
- Melanie Behringer – Club: Bayern Munich, Germany Country: Germany
- Ada Hegerberg – Club: Olympique Lyonnais, France Country: Norway
- Hedvig Lindahl – Club: Chelsea, UK Country: Sweden
- Marta Club – Orlando Pride, USA Country: Brazil
- Christine Sinclair – Club: Portland Thorns, USA Country: Canada
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English said: “Now in its third year, the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award celebrates the very best in women’s football around the world, and this year’s shortlist represents a truly incredible array of talent. 2017 is a big year for women’s sport, and this award is a chance for us to recognise the extraordinary advances in women’s football over recent years, and for fans across the globe to vote for their favourite player.”
The shortlist was announced during BBC World Service’s programme Sportsworld. The vote will close on Monday 15th May (0800GMT) and the winner of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017 will be revealed on Tuesday 30th May 2017 during Sport Today on BBC World Service at 1830-1900 GMT, on BBC World News and online bbc.com/womensfootball and on BBC social media channels.
The shortlist was selected by a large panel of experts involved in the game from all around the world, including coaches, players, administrators and journalists.
Quotes from shortlisted players:
Melanie Behringer, says: “I’m very happy and proud to be nominated for this award, I never believed I would be nominated, but 2016 was very successful and amazing for me. To win the Olympic gold medal, to hold it in your hands is a feeling you cannot describe.”
Ada Hegerberg says: “It’s a huge honour to be nominated. These kinds of prizes and trophies boost your confidence and give you motivation to keep going; it’s up to the people to decide. I’ve got my focus on becoming a better player now, but our Champions League victory speaks for itself and last year winning the treble.”
Hedvig Lindahl says: “I feel honoured to be chosen as one of the five best players in the world. Just let that sink in – from all of the players in the world! I’m thankful and the fact it’s a BBC award – I’m honoured.”
Marta says: “I was very happy to be nominated one more time by the BBC. This shows that really what we have been doing over the years has been fruitful. To win this award undoubtedly would mean a lot to me. It would give me more motivation to pursue my best every year, to do my best within the National team and within my soccer team.”
Christine Sinclair says: “It’s a huge honour to be nominated; there are some incredible football players in the women’s football game that have had incredible years. To win this award obviously would be a huge honour but it would be a testament to our team and the year we had beating the teams we did in the Olympics. We put our team on the map.”
The public can vote online for free on bbc.com/womensfootball
Further details about the awards and terms & conditions are online bbc.com/womensfootball
Audiences can get involved by using the hashtag #BBCWFOTY
Last year’s winner was Scotland’s Kim Little who now plays for Arsenal, and the 2015 winner was Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, now at Dalian Quanjian in China.