Norway and Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg has been crowned the winner of BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017. The annual award from the BBC World Service – now in its third year – is voted for by football fans from around the world.
On winning the award, Ada Hegerberg said: “It’s a huge honour to win with such big name footballers nominated. It’s such a boost, such a great feeling, it gives you self-belief and confidence after what you put down in training every day. It’s really special – so many people from different cultures and countries voting for this trophy, it’s a huge motivation in itself.”
BBC presenter Sarah Mulkerrins revealed the winner during Sport Today on BBC World Service and on World Sportsday on BBC World News. The trophy was presented to Hegerberg by her sister and international team mate Andrine Hegerberg who plays for Birmingham Ladies.
Reflecting on her past year and achievements, Ada Hegerberg said: “Lifting the Champions League trophy last year was a huge moment…I dreamed of it as a little kid, it’s a huge challenge and we showed we were capable of doing it. The most important thing is to enjoy the game of course, it’s hard work, you have bad days, but at the end, you have to enjoy the game. Lyon is a fantastic club. (I train with) world class players every day, I get to challenge myself. It’s a special place to be.”
When asked what she thought of the women’s game, she added: “I think the women’s game is always growing, it’s taken huge steps in 10 years and it’s up to us to see it developing, it’s at a good level but it is up to us to maintain that quality to be good idols for future generations.”