Matilda’s coach explains why Australian superstar Sam Kerr is the ONLY option to win the Women’s Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world
- Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson describes Sam Kerr as the ‘complete’ player
- Kerr has been dominant in his performances for club and country.
- Kerr selected by Matildas, nominated for the Ballon d’Or and scores a great goal
Sam Kerr has been hailed as the ‘complete’ player by Matildas manager Tony Gustavsson, who says his superstar captain deserves to claim the Women’s Ballon d’Or.
Kerr has been nominated for the highest individual award in women’s football after a stellar season with Chelsea, having won the league and cup double as well as the FA WSL golden boot.
In addition to Kerr, starter Alexia Putellas of Barcelona, three members of England’s Euro Women’s Championship-winning team and five of Lyon’s Champions League-winning team are included among the 20 nominees for the award.
Sam Kerr hits the ball against New Zealand in April 2022. She has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, football’s highest individual honour, for the fourth time.
Sam Kerr has been hailed as the ‘complete’ player by Matildas manager Tony Gustavsson (pictured), who says his superstar captain deserves to claim the Ballon d’Or.
Putellas won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award ahead of Kerr in January, but Gustavsson says she wouldn’t be surprised if Kerr takes the gong when it’s presented to him in October.
“His performances over the last two years have been fantastic, both for club and country,” Gustavsson told reporters.
“I’ve said it many times, I’m sorry to say it again, but she gets a lot of credit for her goals, but I don’t think she gets enough credit for her defensive actions and the way she works for the team.”
‘Just look at club and country at how hard he works and also without the ball. To have one of the best goalscorers in the world committed to defending like she does and then her leadership skills as well and her winning mentality make her complete as a player.
“It doesn’t mean she can’t get better because I know how hard she works every day to get better, but she’s been ready for that award for a long time in my opinion.”
In the week since the Australian star’s nomination for the Ballon d’Or, Kerr has once again impressed with a standout goal on Thursday for her club Chelsea in the Women’s International Champions Cup.
Kerr scored another wonder goal on Thursday for Chelsea against Lyon in the Women’s International Champions Cup, hitting the keeper
In an outrageous display of skill, Kerr latched onto a perfectly placed pass and tuned out the Lyon goalkeeper to put her team ahead in Portland.
It’s the kind of performance that is almost becoming routine for Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer.
On Thursday, Kerr was included in Gustavsson’s 23-man squad for friendlies against Olympic champions Canada in Brisbane and Sydney next month.
The 28-year-old is one of several key players in the Australia squad after being rested for June friendlies against Spain and Portugal alongside experienced names such as Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Alanna Kennedy.
The overseas-based Matildas is expected to travel from her clubs in Europe and the United States later this month ahead of two clashes with Canada on September 3 and 6.