Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze was presented with her FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year and FIFPRO World XI 2020 trophies at the weekend.
After winning the Awards in December last year, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura was at the Manchester City Academy Stadium to personally hand over the trophies to Bronze who is the first England player and first female defender to win the award.
“I’ve worked hard my entire career to make myself the best player I can be," she told mancity.com.
“To win any award, whether it’s in the FIFA FIFPRO XI or as the best player in the world, I’m just truly honoured and grateful.
“I wouldn’t say I’m motivated to have my name on a trophy or up to have my name in lights, but I am motivated to be the best player, to be the best right-back in the world.
“I worked hard at England to get my spot off Alex Scott back in the day, and she was the best right-back in the world.
“I saw that as a challenge and something that I wanted to do. I’m motivated by wanting to be the best in my position and in what I do. I just enjoy that competition.”
Bronze was voted into the FIFPRO World XI 2020 by her fellow professionals, making the award even more special.
Bronze re-joined Manchester City in 2020 from French side Olympique Lyonnais where she helped secure three consecutive Champions League and Division 1 Feminine league titles, alongside two Coupe de France Féminine victories and one Trophée des Championnes.