Lucy Bronze defeated Pernille Harder and Wendie Renard to win the 2020 FIFA Women’s Player Award; Manchester City defender says England get “the best” in new coach Sarina Wiegman The Dutch boss will replace Phil Neville in September 2021

Lucy Bronze will not be satisfied until she has won everything and recognizes the team’s success for her award as the best FIFA woman player for 2020

Bronze, who returned to Manchester City in the summer after three years in Lyon, beat Chelsea’s Pernille Harder and Lyon defender Wendie Renard for the prestigious award on Thursday
The English defender won three consecutive Champions League and French league titles during her time in France and says her latest individual award is the culmination of hard work during that time
Bronze told Sky Sports News, “Successful teams make successful individuals. I’m good at everything, I have to win everything, but when it comes to the individual spotlight, I’m not

“That’s why I like to play team sports. I could have chosen tennis or athletics, but I have to be part of a team and share my success, but also build other people”

At the virtual event on Thursday, Bronze spoke of her “surprise” when she received the award, and she is delighted to finally have the trophy in person

“It’s indescribable,” said Bronze, “I’m just and happy and excited to get my hands on the award

“This year has been such a crazy year in life in general, let alone in football, especially in women’s football, so many leagues have been canceled or cut

“To me, winning this award is probably an accumulation of things I’ve accomplished this year and last year. I’m very grateful for that”

Bronze hopes for even more team success with England, which from September 2021 can boast of having the best player and best head coach in the world

The Dutch women’s coach Sarina Wiegman, who will replace Phil Neville as head of the lionesses next year, has been named the best FIFA women’s coach

Wiegman led the Netherlands to eight straight wins in qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Championship However, after the 2021 tournament, which was pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, she will be in charge of England

“The players are probably just as excited as everyone else,” said Bronze. “We know what kind of pedigree Sarina is. She was there and did it

“She did exactly what we wanted to do: win a home euro and make it to a World Cup final. It’s exciting to know that we have someone who knows exactly what it takes to get there be she is the best england gets the best “

England women’s head coach Phil Neville said he knew Bronze was going to become the best player in the world from day one in charge of the lionesses

“I’m super proud, I wrote to her (on the night of the awards ceremony) you are seeing the journey and the hard work behind the scenes,” Neville told Sky Sports News

“As her manager, I have seen firsthand and up close the work, sacrifice, and dedication that Lucy puts in. She has an obsession with becoming the best

“The first time I met her I had heard a lot about her. She probably wasn’t in the top 5 in the world at the time, but I saw someone incredibly motivated to be the best. She wanted this award win and the biggest obstacle on her mind was being a full-back

“From day one I thought she was the best player in the world In terms of recognition outside of England, I think that her achievements at the World Cup and for Lyon in the Champions League were recognized by the improvements that she makes every year made them draw from “

The Lioness boss also believes that a player of bronze stature doesn’t want the disappointment one day of looking back on a career that doesn’t include a winning medal with England

“At 29, her body can go another five or six years. I think the individual awards are special for her, but in the end she will win more Champions League, more WSL trophies and an Olympic gold medal, a European championship and a world championship want

“I think this is the next step for them to be part of a national team that wins a medal. It would be sad for someone for their level not to win a medal (with England)

Manchester City’s men’s boss Pep Guardiola says the club prides itself on having the best player in the world but made a point to help her former club Lyon climb to the top of the women’s game to thank

“We cannot forget that this is a team sport That’s why everyone is involved in Lucy (bronze) creating an incredible job in France and Lyon Congratulations to her and her previous club, “he said

“And we are proud to have her here – the better players we can have, men and women, the more success, so big congratulations to her and our entire team”

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