Ranking of the finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2021

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FIFA has cut down the list of nominees in the competition to be named the best women’s player in 2021 to the last three before the award ceremony on Monday 17 January.

Here is a closer look at the remaining finalists and in what order they can finish when the results come …

Sam Kerr has become the best player in a competitive WSL / Stuart Franklin / GettyImages

Sam Kerr, who started slowly when she first came to Chelsea in early 2020, came into her own in 2021.

The Australian won the WSL Golden Boot winner last season, surpassing Arsenal superstar Vivianne Miedema in the process, scoring more than 20 WSL goals throughout the calendar year after an equally flying start to 2021/22.

2021 was also the year when Kerr laid his hands on three domestic trophies with Chelsea, landing the WSL title, the FA Cup and the Conti Cup. She and Chelsea fell marginally to short in the Champions League, which is what should ultimately see her place third in the final ranking here.

Jennifer Hermoso had a fruitful 2021 / Alex Grimm / GettyImages

Barcelona’s Jennifer Hermoso was perhaps the most shapely striker in the world in 2021. She finished goal scorer in Spain’s Primera Division for the third season in a row 2020/21 and was also top of the Champions League’s goal lists, with her club on the way to victory.

Hermoso has already been named the Champions League striker last season by UEFA and has every chance to add another honor here.

The 31-year-old finished second in the latest Ballon d’Or standings because one of her Barcelona colleagues was even better in 2021.

Alexia Putellas has recently won the Ballon d’Or / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

Alexia Putellas has been the superstar in the heart of Barcelona’s rise to the pinnacle of women’s soccer.

She is the current Ballon d’Or Feminin holder, leaving the rest of the nominees on her trail in the final vote, as well as the season’s Champions League midfielder and UEFA player of the year.

Putellas has not slowed down either. At the time of writing, she is the top scorer in Spain’s Primera Division, with Barcelona heading for another title, and is also her club’s top scorer at this stage of the Champions League.

She is simply the best player in the world at the moment and all eyes will be on her in Spain’s colors at the European Championships 2022 this summer.

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