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Lucy Bronze claimed the award for the best FIFA player for 2020 after winning the Champions League with Lyon.
The England international was ranked third in the 2019 prize race, but took first prize this time around after winning a third European crown in her third and final season in France.
Right-back Bronze, who later returned to Manchester City, beat out competition from Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard.
“Wow, what a surprise to even be nominated alongside the other two players, whom I know very well,” she said.
“Both Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard are incredible players and also exceptional human beings. Even being together with two players of that stature is incredible.
“To have won it, I don’t think I have the words at the moment to explain how I feel.
But if there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is to appreciate every moment you have, never look too far ahead and live in the here and now.
– Lionesses (@Lionesses) December 17, 2020
“I think winning this award right now, this year, I will appreciate it more than ever.
“I will remember this moment for the rest of my life. I will really enjoy the moment. “
The three finalists were included in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11, voted on by other players.
An unorthodox 3-3-4 formation was named, but there was no place for Sarah Bouhaddi, who was lost to Christiane Endler.
Lyon and France stalwart Bouhaddi had already been named FIFA’s Best Female Goalkeeper.
The Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, who will replace Phil Neville as England coach in 2021, was recognized as FIFA’s best female coach.
FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11: Christiane Endler; Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard; Barbara Bonansea, Veronica Boquete, Delphine Cascarino; Pernille Harder, Tobin Heath, Vivianne Miedema, Megan Rapinoe.