LUCY BRONZE has been named as one of 15 nominees for the first Women’s Ballon D’Or award.
The winner will be announced on December, 3 and Bronze joins the likes of Marta, Fran Kirby and Ada Hegerberg on the list.
PA:Empics Sport Lucy Bronze is a defender for Lyon and England
Who is Lucy Bronze?
Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze started playing football with her brother kicking a ball with friends in the park. She has described herself as “lucky” to have a brother that was happy for her to join in
Known as Lucy, she started playing for Sunderland at under-12 level and joined the senior team at the age of 16.
In 2007-08 she was named as the Manager’s Player of the Year when Sunderland finished third in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division.
Sunderland carried on their impressive form in the next season and the side were promoted to the National Division and she was awarded the Player of the Match in the 2009 FA Women’s Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
After two seasons with Sunderland, Bronze moved to North Carolina after receiving a scholarship from Anson Dorrance at UNC.
During her time at the university, Bronze became the first British player to win an NCAA Cup before also getting an All-American honours.
Getty Images – Getty Bronze madeher England debut in 2013
Bronze initially returned to Sunderland but in September 2010, it was announced she had signed for Everton and made her debut for the Toffees in the Champions League against MTK of Hungary.
The defender made 24 appearances for Everton before signing for rivals Liverpool in November 2012 following teammates Natasha Dowie and Fara Williams.
During her time at Liverpool, Bronze won two WSL titles and was announced as the Player’s Player of the Year.
Following the second league title, Bronze decided to move to Manchester City where she became even more well known amongst fans of the game
In her second season at the club, City remained unbeaten to secure the league title – conceding only four goals.
Bronze chose to turn down a deal in August 2017, which would have seen her as the highest paid women’s football at Manchester City, to sign for Lyon on a three-year contract.
Sine joining Lyon, Bronze has gone from strength to strength winning her first Champions League trophy as well as helping the French side to another league title.