Matildas star Kerr wins prestigious ESPYS award

Samantha Kerr’s exceptional year in international football continued on Thursday (AEST) when she was honoured with an award at the 2018 ESPY Awards held in Los Angeles, California.

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Sam Kerr Source: Instagram @samanthakerr20

The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards, held annually, recognise individual and team athletic achievements and other sports-related performances.

Kerr, who will join the Matildas for matches against Brazil, USA, and Japan at the 2018 Tournament of Nations next week, joined some of the biggest names in world sport at the event.

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Kerr was named ‘Best International Women’s Soccer Player’ ahead of Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona/Netherlands), Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark), and Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign/England).

Cristiano Ronaldo was also named the ‘Best International Men’s Soccer Player’ ahead of Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona/Argentina), Neymar Jr (Paris St Germain/Brazil), and Mo Salah (Liverpool FC/Egypt).

“Some of the best athletes in the world received recognition at the ESPYS today, and as a football community we are exceptionally proud that an Australian footballer, Samantha Kerr, was among them,” Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop, said.

“Recognition of Sam’s performances on an international level speaks volumes of her achievements for her clubs and country, and we can’t wait to see her playing for the Matildas next week at the 2018 Tournament of Nations,” he said.

The ESPYS have been held annually since 1993.


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Published 19 July 2018 at 5:05pm
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