Sam Kerr creates extra historical past with second consecutive FWA Footballer of the Yr win
Sam Kerr is considered one of sport’s serial winners — however Australia’s record-breaking soccer star by no means takes it without any consideration.
- Sam Kerr turned the primary girl to say consecutive FWA Participant of the Yr awards
- Kerr’s Chelsea is getting ready to claiming the Girls’s Tremendous League title for the fourth season in a row
- Chelsea must beat bottom-placed Studying on the weekend to guarantee the title
The Matildas captain obtained one more accolade on Thursday in London, changing into the primary girl to gather England’s Soccer Writers’ Affiliation’s prestigious Footballer of the Yr trophy in two consecutive seasons.
However selecting up the award simply a few days earlier than she goals to shoot Chelsea to a fourth consecutive Girls’s Tremendous League title in England, thus finishing one other FA Cup-WSL double, Kerr defined how onerous she felt it was to remain on the prime.
“I feel to some folks it’d look simple, however yearly it will get more durable and more durable to win the league,” stated Kerr, whose crew must beat bottom-placed Studying on the ultimate day on Saturday to seal the title once more, though a draw will in all probability suffice.
“Anybody that is concerned in soccer is aware of how onerous it’s to return again yr after yr and to remain on the prime. So we’re doing every thing to win on Saturday.”
It’s such a uncommon feat to win the FWA Footballer of the Yr trophy in successive years that no girl has beforehand achieved it within the award’s quick historical past whereas, among the many males, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo are the one two to have finished so in three quarters of a century.
Kerr has had one other triumphant season, not topping the WSL goalscoring charts for as soon as however nonetheless netting 28 targets in all competitions, together with some enormous ones, not least the winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup closing overcome Manchester United earlier within the month.
Of one other breakthrough yr for her and the ladies’s recreation in England, the place she’s turn out to be a star, Kerr stated: “It is superb. It is one thing that I am very happy with.
“Off the again of the Euros, ladies’s soccer has grown loads. Strolling down the road, the crowds are larger, every thing’s simply elevated over the past yr.”
Not solely Kerr but in addition males’s Footballer of the Yr Erling Haaland picked up their prizes at a central London lodge at a gala dinner to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the award that was first gained by Sir Stanley Matthews in 1948.
Manchester Metropolis’s Haaland, who’s scored 52 targets in 51 video games forward of Sunday’s Premier League finale at Brentford, is, like Kerr, nonetheless on the lookout for extra silverware, with the English champions in line for a treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
“I really feel good, it is a particular second,” he instructed the FWA.
“I anticipated to do good issues however, to do that, I did not count on.”
He has damaged the file for essentially the most Premier League targets in a season with 36 as Manchester Metropolis wrapped up a 3rd straight title with three video games to spare, having trailed Arsenal by eight factors at one stage.