Ada Hegerberg has won the 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or, France Football magazine announced on Monday in Paris. The Olympique Lyonnais striker makes history as the first woman presented with this award.
— #ballondor (@francefootball) December 3, 2018
According to France Football, the award is chosen by select journalists, with one representative per country. The award is voted on according to three main criteria: individual and team performance during the year, player talent and fair play, and the player’s career. More about Ballon D’Or can be found here.
Five NWSL players were on the 15-player shortlist for the award: Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC/United States), Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia), Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC/United States) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC/Canada).
Marta earned fourth place in the voting with Kerr in following in fifth place. Rapinoe earned ninth place. Horan finished in 10th place and Sinclair finished in 15th place.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) December 3, 2018
- Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyon)
- Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark)
- Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon/Germany)
- Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)
- Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia)
- Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon/England)
- Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyon/France)
- Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon/France)
- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC/United States)
- Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC/United States)
- Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona/Netherlands)
- Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyon/Japan)
- Amel Majri (Olympique Lyon/France)
- Fran Kirby (Chelsea/England)
- Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC/Canada)