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The Best FIFA Football Awards

Bronze, in the words of others

England defender Lucy Bronze
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  • Lucy Bronze is striving with Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe for The Best FIFA Women’s Player
  • She won the treble with Lyon this year and the adidas Silver Ball at France 2019
  • highlights the Bronze plaudits over the past year

“I think what you’ve seen today is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it three times. There’s no player like her in the world. There’s no player that’s got her athleticism or her quality. I’ve played full-back, but never, ever, ever to that level. She’s the best player in the world.”
Phil Neville after England’s 3-0 victory over Norway in the France 2019 quarter-finals

“From what I hear about how professional she is, she’s gone to Lyon and almost changed their mindset, because she was so fit in comparison to some of them. World-class, top players, and she’s kind of gone in there and gone, ‘Hang on, you’re not fit enough.’”
Faye White, England’s longest-serving captain

The Best FIFA Women's Player 2019 finalists 

“Usually when we talk about The Best we think about the No10 or the forwards, but the defenders – and I was one of them – are always pretty important in a team. She’s been outstanding this year, doing really good with Lyon, she’s the best [player in Europe].”
Laura Georges, capped 188 times by France

“The way she takes games by the scruff of the neck, her energy – physically nobody can ever match her. That’s in the world probably, never mind Europe.”
Steph Houghton, England captain

“A coach’s dream. A player who already has the talent, the physicality and the brain.”
Reynald Pedros, former Lyon head coach

“She’s got everything. She plays at full-back and changes games. She plays in midfield and runs games. Such a complete footballer.”
Izzy Christiansen, Lyon and England team-mate

"Lucy announced herself at the last World Cup and she has to deal with people knowing her game. But she showed against Norway why she is the best right-back in the world. Tell her, 'You are the best, now you have to be the best player in the world’, and she rises to that. She loves a challenge.”
Alex Scott, former England team-mate

“She’s been a top player for a long time. She’s a very attacking-minded player.”
Jill Ellis, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup-winning coach with USA

“She’s a phenomenal player. She has the legs to do whatever she wants.”
Georgia Stanway, England team-mate

“Lucy Bronze is a tremendous player. She’s absolutely one of the best players in the world.”
Martin Sjogren, Norway head coach

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