Hegerberg was named Player of the Year

Ada Hegerberg super weekendOlympique Lyon's Ada Hegerberg of Norway receives the Best Player UEFA 2015/16 Award from UEFA President Angel Maria Villar during the draw for the 2016/2017 Champions League at Monaco's Grimaldi stadium in Monaco, August 25th, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Ada Hegerberg (21) was Thursday named this year’s best footballer in Europe for women’s football..

The Lyon player had competition from French Amandine Henry and German Dzsenifer Marozsan to win. Journalists from the European soccer federation’s 55 member countries voted for the top three finalists.

Ada Hegerberg scored 54 goals in 34 appearances for French Lyon last season. In the Champions League, she was the top scorer with his 13 direct hits. She was a vital cog in Lyon super season that ended with three trophies (League, Cup and Champions League).

– It was a big ambition to win all the trophies and it was a fantastic team performance. To stand here with the trophy is a great honor. It’s an amazing feeling, said Hegerberg from the stage after receiving the prestigious award.

When asked about the Norwegian national team star’s  ambitions ahead of the upcoming season, she replied:

– I must aim for 60 goals this season. No, I just have to continue to develop and win trophies with the team. The ambitions are the same as previously.

The Champion victory was naturally a career highlight for the Lyon pro. – Of course it is a wonderful feeling. It was my first Champions League victory, and it crowned a great season for me and the team, said Hegerberg.

It was the fourth time an award for the best female footballer in Europe was given. Previously, it had only gone to German winners. Célia Šašić won in 2015, while Nadine Kessler and Nadine Angerer won the years before that.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today