Matildas coach explains why Australian superstar Sam Kerr is the ONLY choice to win the Ballon d’Or Feminin as the best female player in the world
- Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson describes Sam Kerr as the “complete” player
- Kerr has been dominant in his performances for club and country
- Kerr was selected for the Matildas, nominated for the Ballon d’Or and scored a wonder goal
Sam Kerr has been hailed as the ‘complete’ player by Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson, who says his superstar captain fully deserves to claim the Ballon D’Or Feminin.
Kerr has been nominated for the highest individual award in women’s football after a stunning season with Chelsea, having won the league and cup double as well as the FA WSL Golden Boot.
As well as Kerr, holder Alexia Putellas of Barcelona, three members of England’s European Championship-winning women’s team and five of Lyon’s Champions League-winning side are included among the 20 nominees for the award.
Sam Kerr hits the ball against New Zealand in April 2022. She has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or – football’s greatest individual honor – for the fourth time
Sam Kerr has been hailed as the “complete” player by Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson (pictured), who says his superstar captain fully deserves to claim the Ballon D’Or
Putellas won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award ahead of Kerr in January, but Gustavsson says he would not be surprised if Kerr walks away with the gong when it is presented in October.
– Her achievements in the last two years have been fantastic, both for the club and the country, Gustavsson told reporters.
– I’ve said it so many times, sorry to say it again, but she gets so much credit for scoring goals, but I don’t think she gets enough credit for her defensive actions and the way she works for the team.
“Just look at club and country how hard she works and off the ball too. Having one of the world’s best goalscorers commit to defending the way she does, and then her leadership skills and winning mentality make her complete as a player.
“That doesn’t mean she can’t get better because I know how hard she works every day to get better, but in my opinion she’s been up for that award for a long time.”
In the week since the Australian star’s Ballon d’Or nomination, Kerr impressed once again with a highlight-reel strike on Thursday for her club Chelsea in the Women’s International Champions Cup.
Kerr scored another wonder goal on Thursday for Chelsea against Lyon in the Women’s International Champions Cup, putting the goalkeeper off.
In an outrageous display of skill, Kerr latched onto a perfectly placed pass and chipped the Lyon keeper to put her team ahead in Portland.
It’s the kind of performance that is almost becoming routine for Australia’s all-time leading scorer.
On Thursday, Kerr was named in Gustavsson’s 23-man squad for friendlies against Olympic champions Canada in Brisbane and Sydney next month.
The 28-year-old is one of several key players back in Australia’s squad after being rested for June’s friendlies against Spain and Portugal alongside experienced names such as Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Alanna Kennedy.
The overseas-based Matildas are expected to travel from their clubs in Europe and the US later this month ahead of the two clashes with Canada on September 3 and 6.