Goal women's football correspondent Amee Ruszkai reveals her GOAL50 top 10

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With voting under way in this year’s GOAL50, fans around the world are having their say on which men’s and women’s players had the best 2021. 

Our team of correspondents are also having their say, revealing their GOAL50 preferences this week. 

Women's football correspondent Ameé Ruszkai has compiled her list, which you can see below...

  • Ashley Lawrence Canada Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    10Ashley Lawrence

    Defenders can be overlooked during award season but Ashley Lawrence was superb this past year and one of only a few players to star in successful teams for club and country - winning the league with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympic gold with Canada. A full-back who defends as well as she attacks, she deserves all the recognition she's getting.
  • Lieke Martens Netherlands Goal 50 SLIDELISTGetty

    9Lieke Martens

    After some difficult spells with injuries, Lieke Martens took her game to the another level this year. She doesn't always start for Barcelona's star-studded team, which takes her down a few places, but she always makes huge contributions - scoring twice in the Champions League semi-finals and shining in the final as they won the treble.
  • Kadidiatou Diani PSG Goal 50 SLIDELISTGetty

    8Kadidiatou Diani

    The best player in France last season, Kadidiatou Diani's brilliance can often go unnoticed as the statistics don't do her justice. The winger's intelligent movement off the ball, excellent footwork and positivity in possession made her not only excellent to watch, but helped PSG win their first-ever Division 1 Feminine title.
  • Vivianne Miedema Netherlands Women 2021Getty

    7Vivianne Miedema

    Last season wasn't Arsenal's best, and therefore wasn't Vivianne Miedema's best, but she still scored a ton of goals and shattered plenty of records. How she contributes in the build-up, on and off the ball, can be forgotten because of those stats, too. Watching her play is to wonder what she can't do.
  • Jennifer Hermoso Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    6Jennifer Hermoso

    Jennifer Hermoso only started 16 league games last season, which knocks her down this list a little, but she still scored 31 goals. That's incredible. Her impact goes beyond those goals too. The way she creates space for others with her intelligent movement is absolutely crucial to the way Barcelona, the best team in Europe, play.
  • Fran Kirby Chelsea Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    5Fran Kirby

    The best player at the second-best team in Europe last year, Fran Kirby's numbers and performances have been excellent. Add the context of her suffering with a heart condition the year before and her form is even more impressive. The variety in her game makes it all the more fun, and more effective.
  • Sam Kerr Australia Women 2021Getty

    4Sam Kerr

    For those who watched Sam Kerr in the NWSL, that she was doubted in her early days at Chelsea was bizarre. She has been incredible this past year, scoring goal upon goal and generally improving her all-round game. She sits just above Kirby due to an excellent Olympic campaign.
  • Aitana Bonmati Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    3Aitana Bonmati

    Picking between second and third is like splitting hairs, but Aitana Bonmati was comfortably among the top three best players on the planet this past year. Player of the match in the Champions League final, there are seemingly no weaknesses in her game. Oh, and she's still only 23 years old.
  • Caroline Graham Hansen Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    2Caroline Graham Hansen

    For a long time, injuries threatened to stop Caroline Graham Hansen reaching her potential. The whole of football should be thankful for her resilience because watching her play is simply a joy. Not only is her ability great on the eye, her end product makes her the best winger in the world.
  • Alexia Putellas Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    1Alexia Putellas

    The best player in the world over the last 12 months, by a country mile. It's not only Alexia Putellas' ability to perform in the biggest moments that put her way out on top, but her remarkable consistency in every game and her leadership. Even her bad games are better than most.