The FIFA Women’s Player of the Year is awarded to best female football player every year based on the votes of coaches and captains of international teams. Here we are going to take a look at the 6 amazingly talented women players who’d won FIFA Women’s Player of the Year.
6. NADINE KEßLER (2014)
She is a German player who received the FIFA World Player of the Year award at the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or. As a child, Keßler had started playing in boys club. It wasn’t until she was 16 years-of-age that she began playing for a girls club and became her team’s lead scorer. From 2003 to 2008, she had represented Germany at youth level matches and tournaments.
Apart from football, has got a Bachelor of Arts in Health Economics from the German University for Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG) and has recently enrolled into an MBA program.
5. NADINE ANGERER (2013)
Born as Nadine Marejke Angerer, is a German goalkeeper and the recipient of 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or. She is the first goalkeeper – male or female – to win the award. Angerer had started playing football as a forward but once during a youth scouting game had to substitute for an injured goalkeeper. That day she discovered her real calling. She made her international debut playing for Germany in the year 1996.
For a long time she had remained Germany’s second choice goalkeeper but when Silke Rottenberg suffered injury, Angerer was back on the field. During the entire 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament she did not allow a single goal.
4. ABBY WAMBACH (2012)
Mary Abigail “Abby” Wambach has played for the American women’s national soccer team since 2001. Apart from being 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or, she is a two-time recipient of Olympic gold medal aside many other awards. She had begun with football at the age of 4 and has played in 29 matches and scored 22 goals at these five international tournaments. Over the years, Wambach has been involved with many philanthropic causes. In 2013 her marriage to partner, Sarah Huffman had garnered huge media attention.
Fun Fact: in Rochester July 20 is named “Abby Wambach Day”.
3. HOMARE SAWA (2011)
Sawa captained the team in 2011 when Japan won gold at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and again in 2012 when the team won silver at the Summer Olympics. She began playing football when at the age of six and soon joined the boy’s team on the pitch. Today Sawa is considered Japan’s finest female footballer and in 2004, she was named Women’s Player of the Year for the Asian Football Confederation. Praising her friend Abby Wambach had once said “she literally scores with her eyes closed” referring to Sawa’s equalizing goal in the final against the United States.
2. MARTA (2006-2010)
Marta Vieira da Silva had won 5 consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year award. A member of the Brazil women’s national football team, Marta has won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Discovered by well-known Brazilian female coach at the age of 14 and since then have never looked back. Many times Marta has topped the all–time Women’s World Cup goal scorer list. And in 2013 she was honoured by becoming one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
1. BIRGIT PRINZ (2003-2005)
Birgit Prinz, now retired (in 2011), was a German football player. Along with Marta, she was FIFA Women’s World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 goals. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year for three consecutive years. Prinz has studied psychology from the Goethe University Frankfurt at master’s level. Being a trained physical therapist Prinz currently works as a sport psychologist for the male and female teams of 1. Bundesliga club.