Australia captain Samantha Kerr has come third in voting for the prestigious Ballon D’Or Feminin for the second consecutive year. Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas made to back-to-back prizes ahead of runner-up Beth Mead (Arsenal) and Kerr (Chelsea).
The Ballon d’Or, voted for by experts around the world, recognises the world’s best footballers of the last season. Kerr is one of just four players who have been nominated all four times since the women’s award was inaugurated in 2018 – finishing fifth, seventh, third, and now third again.
French striker Karim Benzema, who guided Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double by scoring 44 goals, collected the men’s award. Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) finished the count in second spot with Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) third.
The Kopa Trophy as the best under-21 player went to Barcelona teenager Gavi, while Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) won the Gerd Muller Award for the best striker of the year. The Lev Yashin Award for best goalkeeper went to Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.
Mane collected the Socrates Award, a new humanitarian prize, for his charity work in Senegal where contributed toward the construction of a hospital and several schools. Manchester City claimed the Club of the Year award with six total Ballon d’Or finalists named.