Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze has been named The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2020.
FIFA announced all of their men’s and women’s 2020 award winners at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 ceremony in Zurich this evening with Bronze taking the title of the world’s best player.
The 29-year-old full-back was third in the running for last year’s award but has now swooped to pick up the 2020 award, beating Chelsea’s Pernille Harder and Lyon’s Wendie Renard to the accolade.
Bronze was a treble winner with former club Lyon last season. She lifted both the French Division 1 Feminine title and the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy for the third consecutive year while the player also won the Coupe de France Feminine for the second time. Bronze’s exceptional 2020 saw her collect the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award and her latest personal achievement at this evening’s Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 comes as no real surprise.
The England international becomes the first defender to ever win The Best FIFA Women’s Player award while no full-back has ever won a men’s or women’s ‘Best’ award since The Best FIFA Football Awards began in 2016.
Bronze returned to former club Manchester City in September following the conclusion of her three-year contract with European champions Lyon and she has continued where she left off at The Academy Stadium, playing an instrumental role for her side.