What you need to know about Sam Kerr Women’s Footballer of the Year nominee


Age: 26 Position: Forward Plays for: Chelsea and Australia

Accomplishments in 2019

Top scorer in US and Australian alliances

Scored 18 NWSL objectives, record number for one season

First Australian to score cap stunt at World Cup

Did you know?

Played Australian standards football until age of 12 – her father, conceived in India, played expertly

Is unsurpassed record goalscorer in USA and Australia alliances

Accomplice is previous Chicago Red Stars colleague Nikki Stanton

In her own words

2019 feature?

“A year ago was a rollercoaster with the World Cup, playing for Chicago in the [NWSL Championship] last and losing the last – so there was a great deal of good and bad times. However, whenever you speak to your nation in the World Cup, it’s a stunning inclination and an astounding honor. It didn’t go how we would have preferred it to, however it was an immense expectation to learn and adapt so that was presumably the feature. On an individual level, most likely the Chicago semi-last and scoring the objective that sent them to their first last.”

Your football legends growing up?

“Ronaldo, yet I consider him the first Ronaldo, from Brazil – I generally wore his pullover, never took it off. David Beckham, simply adored him, I thought he had everything, and now CR7 [Cristiano Ronaldo]. I love the manner in which he plays, the star power he has and the manner in which he performs week in, week out.”

Educate us regarding your position on ladies’ player compensations?

“I’ve done a ton of work to get where I am. I’m glad for what I have accomplished, yet it’s only a beginning. It’s constantly been an awkward subject yet it’s awkward on account of what individuals get paid – it’s insufficient. So I figure it ought to be discussed more and ought to be commended more when young ladies do win tremendous agreements, so for me it’s ideally a changing of the occasions. The time has come for young ladies begin getting paid more and get what they merit.”

Vocation aspirations?

“I need to win trophies, that is a piece of the motivation behind why I’m at Chelsea. I’ve constantly passed up a great opportunity – it feels like I’ve lost in the last a million times. [Chelsea] required those additional couple of pieces to truly turn into a title group and they’ve been totally murdering it without me so I will probably slide in as simple as I can and ideally win a few trophies with them. I couldn’t care less what trophy it is, I simply need to win one!”

For what reason did you change from Australian standards?

“It’s an amusing story. The young men developed and as a young lady I was somewhat later, so they were a piece excessively solid. I got back home with a couple of ridiculous lips and grisly noses and my sibling and father said ‘no, that is it, you must escape that sport’. Being the more established sibling, he was getting very furious and it was arriving at where these young men could hurt me. I was as yet a small child and they were young people, so I just got pulled out truly.

“The AFL game is so less controlled than football. The ball can go anyplace whenever and you need to adjust and I imagine that is something about my game. From knowing it about the game, to going to football where I was the most noticeably terrible player in the group – I was unable to control the ball to spare my life – it was a hard change, however I was as yet youthful, fortunately, so I simply made it work.”


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