West Australian Samantha Kerr has placed third in the prestigious Ballon d’Or Feminin award, which recognises the world’s best female footballer. The 28-year old striker came in behind winner Alexia Putellas and runner-up Jenni Hermosoas, both who play for Barcelona and Spain.
Kerr scored 29 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last season, 21 of those earning her the English Women’s Super League Golden Boot, before netting six times for Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games. It was the third time she has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or after finishing 5th in 2018 and 7th in 2019.
Putellas helped Barcelona win the Spanish league and cup double before guiding her club to the Champions League title. She ended the 2020/21 season as the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe with 26 goals and was also named UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year.
Barcelona team-mate Hermoso came second after finding the back of the net 40 times in all competitions to claim a fifth golden boot from the last six league seasons. Kerr took third spot ahead of Dutch pair Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) and Lieke Martens (Barcelona), who placed fourth and fifth respectively.
The Ballon d’Or Feminin was inaugurated in 2018 when Norwegian international Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais) collected the prize. United States star Megan Rapinoe claimed the 2019 honour and last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.