The 21 year old had a phenomenal season with Lyon winning the UEFA Women’s Champions League, the French title and French Cup and her accolade follows on the back of being named the best player in Norway back in January, the first female in 20 years to be given the prize.
The UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award is now in its fourth year, with Hegerberg becoming the first non German winner, with CeliaŠašić, Nadine Kessler and Nadine Angerer winning in previous years.
Scotland’s Kim Little, finished 14th in the poll, which is initially shortlisted by the 12 top ranked countries in Europe and the Head Coaches of the final 8 teams in the Champions League. The list is then reduced further by a second round vote from a panel of journalists selected across Europe for their expertise in women’s football. The top three from the second round go into a final vote, decided by the journalists with the winner crowned in Monaco.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the men’s award.
Reported by Laura Montgomery