Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze picked up The Best Women’s Player award at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 last night but she believes that winning silverware with England would outweigh the feeling of being crowned the world’s greatest footballer.
The 29-year-old became the first defender to win a Best FIFA Player award while she is the first full-back to win any ‘Best’ award handed out by FIFA.
When speaking in the post-ceremony press conference last night, in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, Bronze admitted that while it is nice to win the biggest individual honour, lifting a major trophy with England is the ultimate goal.
When commenting on her accolade, Bronze said “I don’t think I have really thought about it (being the world’s best player) until you have just said ‘the best footballer in the world’.
“It is pretty special but my eyes are always on winning the team prizes, winning the Champions League, continuing to be successful with England.
“My main goal in my career is to be successful with the English national team and to be successful with them, whether that be winning a home EUROs or a World Cup, that would easily outweigh any individual award that I could ever win.”
Bronze was third in last year’s Best FIFA Women’s Player category and now that she has finally won the award, the challenge is to retain it for a second year. The player is not focusing on her personal performances too much though. Bronze again went on to highlight the importance of good team performances, it is her belief that playing in successful teams will bring personal recognition.
She added “When you look at the players who have won individual awards, they have been part of a successful team.
“It is important to continue to be part of a successful team, that’s what I want to do at Manchester City having already won the FA Cup from last season, continue to win silverware there.
“I am hoping to go to the Olympics in the summer with Great Britain and I’ll try to win a Gold Medal there.
“Success follows success and individuals are only as successful as their teams.”
Bronze has become the fifth player to be crowned The Best FIFA Women’s Player. She follows former Manchester City teammate Carli Lloyd, Marta, Lieke Martens and Megan Rapinoe into the history books. There isn’t too much time for the full-back to celebrate her award with a trip to Birmingham City up next on Sunday.