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Norwegian International, Ada Hegerberg has been named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019.

Hegerberg’s award came four days after she scored a hat-trick in the Champions League final as her side lifted the trophy.

Ada Hegerberg BBC

She said in a statement “It’s a rollercoaster of feelings. It’s amazing.”

Meanwhile Wolfsburg striker, Pernille Harder finished second in the public vote, Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr coming third.

However, the other nominees on the five-player shortlist for the BBC World Service award were Lyon defensive midfielder Saki Kumagai and Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan.

Olympique Lyonnais forward who had earlier claimed the award in 2017, said: “It’s an honour winning this for the second time.

“Saki is my room-mate. I know her qualities and what she’s given to the club. She’s also captain of Japan which speaks for itself.

“But also Sam and Pernille are players who are at the top of their game, along with Lindsey. Winning again is such a special feeling.”

Hegerberg’s public profile has risen in the past year, thanks in part to her being named the first recipient of the women’s Ballon d’Or.

23-year-old Hegerberg’s goalscoring stats is also commendable.

It could be recalled that during the 2017-18 season, she netted 53 goals for Lyon in all competitions – including a record 15 in the Champions League – as the club lifted the Division 1 Feminine and European titles.

And this season she maintained her form with 29 goals in 33 games, as Lyon came home with the treble: the French league title, French cup and European trophy.

Although her 16-minute hat-trick in Saturday’s final against Barcelona came after the voting for the BBC award closed, it capped a remarkable campaign.

She said: “Sometimes in my mind I think ‘am I capable of doing that?’ and some part of me goes ‘absolutely, of course you are’ and some part is like ‘you’re a lunatic, don’t put yourself in a situation like that before you’ve been there’.

“But visualising it all leads up to moments like that.”

Photo: BBC

By Kayode Oniwinde

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