France Football have named the 20 players selected for the Women’s Ballon d’Or 2019, so let’s look at them all and see who is likely to win in Monday’s ceremony.
There are some surprises in the nominees for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, some forgotten players and the usual candidates.
The Women’s Ballon d’Or winner will be revealed on Monday, 2 December in Paris.
A reminder of the voting rules, the 50 journalists will have to follow:
- Each voter chooses five players from a list of 20, selected by France Football
- The five players then get 6, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points.
- The trophy is given to the player with the most points.
- If players are tied, the winner is the player with the most first places (6 points).
- If they are still tied, the winner is the player with the most second place (5 points)
- If the players are still tied, again the winner is the player with the most third places (4 points).
- If the players are still tied at this point, there will be a new vote between those two players
- The vote is made on the performances on the calendar year i.e. 2019, with three main criteria: 1. Individual and team performances (honors) 2. Player’s class (talent and fair play) 3. The player’s overall career.
So, within those parameters, anyone who has not won a big trophy is not likely to win the Ballon D’Or.
As usual the big question is,’in a World Cup year, how much weight do you give it in comparison to clubs’ results ?’
Some people think the World Cup is the biggest tournament in women’s football and therefore should weigh more than club form. It is a complex dilemma for the journalists who vote and we will see in the final result how much weight they put on it.
I have ranked the players in three groups. Those who could win, the outsiders and the others.
Megan Rapinoe, USA. Probably the favourite as she won the FIFA Golden Ball and Golden boot at the World Cup and the FIFA BEST player award. But her club contribution has been very limited.
Alex Morgan, USA. Another big game and another World Cup winner. Like Rapinoe, however, her club contribution this season has been minimal.
Rose Lavelle, USA. Another world champion, along with Bronze ball at the World Cup, and probably the most talented player in the US squad.
Sam Kerr, AUS. Top goalscorer in the NWSL again, but Australia’s poor World Cup might count against her. Individually outstanding and consistent at the highest level. One of the clear favourites.
Lucy Bronze, ENG. Excellent results for her club, the current UEFA player of the year, and Silver ball winner at the World Cup
Nilla Fischer, SWE. The rock in Sweden’s defence that led them to the Bronze medal and an excellent season with her club, Wolfsburg, before moving in the summer to Linkopings
Dzsenifer Marozsan, GER. The playmaker had a fine club season while Germany disappointed at the World Cup and she was injured early on.
Vivianne Miedema, NED. A fantastic club season and a World Cup runner-up place should see her finish in the top 10 and maybe even in the top 5, but probably not in with a shout for the trophy.
Tobin Heath, USA. Another World Champion, I don’t think she was brilliant at the tournament, did OK with Portland when available.
Amandine Henry, FRA. The France captain had an excellent season club-wise and also performed well at the World Cup but France’s lack of success will not help her and she could be in top five, maybe.
Kosovare Asllani, SWE. She had a fantastic World Cup leading Sweden to the Bronze medal. Results were not as good with her club before moving to Real Madrid (Tacon this season)
Unlikely to win
Sarah Bouhaddi, FRA. She has had a great club season with a treble and an excellent World Cup. But France’s QF defeat means she will not win it, as well as the fact that she is a goalkeeper and they rarely win these trophies.
Ellen White, ENG. She had an excellent World Cup, finishing with the Bronze boot, but her club minutes were limited due to injury.
Marta, BRA. A good season with Orlando Pride but Brazil World Cup’s was not brilliant. She had an iconic moment after their World Cup quarter finals defeat. My guess is this is the reason she is nominated.
Sari van Veenendaal, NED. Won the League with Arsenal, even if as a second choice, and Golden glove at the World Cup. Same as Bouhaddi, unlikely to win it due to being a goalkeeper.
Wendie Renard, FRA. Another one with a good club season but a disappointing World Cup with a quarter-final exit. And did not play well during the tournament despite scoring goals.
Lieke Martens, NED. A good club season with Barcelona reaching the Champions League final but was injured during the World Cup so did not offer the brilliance shown at the 2017 Euros.
Pernille Harder, DEN. Another solid season with her club Wolfsburg, but did not manage to qualify for the World Cup. If you do not perform on the world’s biggest stage, you cannot really claim to be the best player in the world.
Sofia Jakobsson, SWE. Another Swedish player who had a great World Cup but also a disappointing season with her club, Montpellier.
If I had a vote, these are the five players who I would give the points to:
I expect Rapinoe to win it, as voters are likely to follow the World Cup trend.