Sam Kerr has been named as the best women’s player on the planet according to the Guardian newspaper’s annual list.
The respected list, in association with The Offside Rule podcast, has been put together by a panel of 93 judges from 44 countries who have had their say on the players who have stood out over the course of 2019.
The Australian, who will join up with the Blues after Christmas, beat off competition from the likes of Lucy Bronze, Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe and Lyon’s striker Ada Hegerberg to top the list with a further seven Blues stars in the top 100.
Chelsea players also recognised include our South Korean magician Ji So-Yun, summer signing Guro Reiten, Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert, our skipper Magda Eriksson, Norwegian Maren Mjelde and for the first time our top scorer Bethany England. Fran Kirby is our second highest ranked player at 39.
Among the judges to have voted are Wales international Jess Fishlock, former German international Anja Mittag, who won the World Cup and European Championship three times with her country and Lotta Schelin, ex-Swedish international with 185 caps and an Olympic silver medal. Also involved were leading coaches such as Vlatko Andonovski (USA national team head coach), Olivier Echouafni (Paris Saint-Germain), Lluis Cortes (FC Barcelona) and Joe Montemurro (Arsenal).
Below you can see which Chelsea Women players have made the list, and the positions in which they have been named.