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Putellas, Graham Hansen and Miedema named on GOAL50 2021 women's shortlist

13:00 GMT 01/11/2021
Barca's superstar pair lead the candidates on this year's list with fans around the world having an opportunity to decide top spot

Barcelona's treble-winning pair Alexia Putellas and Caroline Graham Hansen, as well as Arsenal superstar Vivianne Miedema, are among the names on the GOAL50 2021 women's shortlist. 

Also among the contenders are Sam Kerr - the Chelsea striker who almost led Australia to a podium finish at the Olympics, Kadidiatou Diani of PSG and USWNT star Sam Mewis. 

GOAL50 has undergone an exciting and dramatic overhaul. This year it will be the fans who decide who finishes top of the pile. 

Check out the contenders below, and then cast your votes to decide the winner. Voting is open from November 2 until November 16.

  • Kosovare Asllani Sweden Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Kosovare Asllani - Midfielder, Real Madrid and Sweden

    Though she ended the Olympic Games with a silver medal around her neck rather than the gold one she would've wanted, the creative midfielder was one of the players of the tournament, shining for Sweden after a 16-goal campaign for Real Madrid.
  • Nicole Billa Hoffenheim Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Nicole Billa - Forward, Hoffenheim and Austria

    Last season's battle for the Frauen-Bundesliga title was tight between Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg but the Golden Boot race was not, with Hoffenheim's Austrian goal machine scoring 23 times in 22 games to secure European football for the club.
  • Stina Blackstenius Sweden Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Stina Blackstenius - Forward, BK Hacken and Sweden

    2021 has been all about goals for Sweden's 25-year-old striker. After scoring 11 in 12 league games before the Olympics for Hacken, she scored five in five in Japan, won a silver medal and has only continued that fine form since returning home.
  • Aitana Bonmati Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Aitana Bonmati - Midfielder, Barcelona and Spain

    Known as one of the most talented young midfielders in the world for some time, the 23-year-old removed the need for 'young' in that sentence as Barcelona won the treble, named Player of the Match in the Women's Champions League final.
  • Lucy Bronze Team GB Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Lucy Bronze - Defender, Manchester City and England/Team GB

    Back in England after a trophy-laden spell with Lyon, the full-back continued her relentless winning of silverware with Manchester City as she picked up the Women's FA Cup. City did fall just short in the title race, but Bronze starred all the same.
  • Sandy Baltimore PSG Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Sandy Baltimore - Forward, PSG and France

    There are a lot of exciting talents at PSG - and the 21-year-old is one of them. Baltimore racked up seven goals and 11 assists as the French giants won their first-ever women's title, while her role in their semi-final run in Europe was just as big.
  • Kadeisha Buchanan Canada Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Kadeisha Buchanan - Defender, Lyon and Canada

    The defender may not have picked up the silverware she's used to with Lyon last season, but her contributions were absolutely massive for Canada and their Olympic gold medal triumph, their first-ever major title won thanks to a rock solid defence.
  • Mariona Caldentey Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Mariona Caldentey - Forward, Barcelona and Spain

    The Spaniard rarely gets the plaudits she should, which is a shame because there are few more intelligent footballers on the planet. As Barcelona won it all, she scored 17 times - numbers which are good, but will never fully illustrate her influence.
  • Ellie Carpenter Australia Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Ellie Carpenter - Defender, Lyon and Australia

    Still just 21 years old, the Australia full-back defied her age this summer with an excellent Olympics, underlining her importance in a star-studded team. Her influence is growing at Lyon too, where she won plenty of praise in her first full season.
  • Linda Dallmann Bayern Munich Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Linda Dallmann - Midfielder, Bayern Munich and Germany

    Ranking second in the Frauen-Bundesliga for assists last season, the 27-year-old also scored six goals as Bayern Munich won their first title in five years. That creative influence was important as Bayern reached the last four in Europe, too.
  • Debinha Brazil Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Debinha - Forward, North Carolina Courage and Brazil

    The 29-year-old continues to be a joy to watch, named the Most Valuable Player of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup. She carried that form into the regular season and scored twice at the Olympics as she gets closer to that half century of goals for Brazil.
  • Kadidiatou Diani PSG Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Kadidiatou Diani - Forward, PSG and France

    There are two separate award ceremonies at the end of the season in France. This year, both Player of the Year accolades went to Diani. The forward scored 13 times and provided nine assists in just 19 league games as PSG won their first title.
  • Crystal Dunn USWNT Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Crystal Dunn - Midfielder, Portland Thorns and USA

    The 29-year-old helped Portland win the NWSL Challenge Cup while adapting to a new midfield role, scoring her penalty in the final's shootout, then picked up an Olympic bronze medal as a left-back, despite a difficult summer for the United States.
  • Christiane Endler Chile Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Christiane Endler - Goalkeeper, Lyon and Chile

    The goalkeeper was crucial in a pair of firsts this year. She kept 19 clean sheets in 22 games as PSG won their first-ever league title, two of them against holders Lyon, and she also helped her country reach the Olympics for the first time.
  • Ingrid Engen Norway Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Ingrid Engen - Midfielder, Barcelona and Norway

    The Norwegian has been quietly establishing herself as one of the best deep-lying midfielders in the game, a feat which can't be measured in numbers, but became evident to Barcelona, who secured her signature after a DFB-Pokal triumph with Wolfsburg.
  • Magdalena Eriksson Chelsea Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Magdalena Eriksson - Defender, Chelsea and Sweden

    The Chelsea captain led her team to the Women's Super League title, a Continental Cup triumph and the Women's Champions League final this year, then flew to Japan and picked up an Olympic silver medal with Sweden, scoring in the quarter-finals.
  • Caitlin Foord Australia Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Caitlin Foord - Forward, Arsenal and Australia

    Only three players scored more Women's Super League goals last season than the Australian, who netted 10 times and racked up five assists in 21 games for an injury-hit Arsenal. She then helped her country reach the last four of the Olympics.
  • Grace Geyoro PSG Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Grace Geyoro - Midfielder, PSG and France

    One of the players of last season in France as PSG won their first league title, the 24-year-old was also excellent as the Parisians reached the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League, scoring in the quarter-final win over arch-rivals Lyon.
  • Vanessa Gilles Canada Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Vanessa Gilles - Defender, Bordeaux and Canada

    After her solid defensive performances helped Bordeaux finish in the Women's Champions League spots for the first time, the 25-year-old was one of the players of the tournament at the Olympics Games with more of the same, as Canada won gold.
  • Cristiana Girelli Italy Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Cristiana Girelli - Forward, Juventus and Italy

    The Italian's trophy cabinet had plenty of new additions last season. After scoring 22 goals in 21 games to fire Juventus to a perfect, unbeaten title win, she picked up the Golden Boot as well as awards for Serie A's best forward and best player.
  • Hanna Glas Bayern Munich Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Hanna Glas - Defender, Bayern Munich and Sweden

    The full-back's fine form was huge for club and country this year. She provided five assists as Bayern Munich won their first league title in five years, helped them to the semi-finals in Europe and won an Olympic silver medal with Sweden.
  • Esther Gonzalez Real Madrid Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Esther Gonzalez - Forward, Real Madrid and Spain

    The Spaniard was unstoppable in front of goal last season, scoring 30 goals in 34 league games to fire Levante into the Women's Champions League places, as well as helping them to the Spanish Super Cup final, before a summer move to Real Madrid.
  • Patri Guijarro Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Patri Guijarro - Midfielder, Barcelona and Spain

    The 23-year-old was exceptional as Barcelona won the treble. As well as scoring eight league goals, despite her more reserved midfield role, she filled in brilliantly as a centre-back when needed, including in the Women's Champions League final.
  • Caroline Graham Hansen Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Caroline Graham Hansen - Forward, Barcelona and Norway

    The Norwegian continues to live up to her reputation as an assist machine, providing 19 in the league for Barcelona last season, scoring eight goals. Three goals and five assists from the world-class winger were vital in their European triumph too.
  • Pernille Harder Chelsea Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Pernille Harder - Forward, Chelsea and Denmark

    The Dane didn't have as prolific a season as usual as she adapted to a new role at Chelsea, but she still scored 16 times and had huge influence as the Blues won the Women's Super League, the Continental Cup and reached their first European final.
  • Jennifer Hermoso Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Jennifer Hermoso - Forward, Barcelona and Spain

    For the fifth time, and third year in a row, the forward was the top scorer in Spain again this year, with 31 goals in 26 league games. She also sat at the top of those charts in Europe as Barcelona won the treble, netting six times in seven outings.
  • Svenja Huth Wolfsburg Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Svenja Huth - Forward, Wolfsburg and Germany

    No one provided more Frauen-Bundesliga assists than the German last season, who continued her wonderful, and often underrated, form at Wolfsburg as they won the DFB-Pokal for the seventh successive year, despite a difficult campaign.
  • Marie-Antoinette Katoto PSG Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Marie-Antoinette Katoto - Forward, PSG and France

    The 22-year-old racked up 21 goals and eight assists to fire PSG to their first-ever league title. The most crucial of those strikes came in a 1-0 win over holders Lyon. She also netted four as the Parisians reached the semi-finals in Europe.
  • Sam Kerr Australia Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Sam Kerr - Forward, Chelsea and Australia

    The Aussie netted 21 goals as Chelsea won the league, scored a hat-trick in the Continental Cup final and three times on the way to a Women's Champions League final. Then, she captained her country to the Olympic semi-finals, scoring four times.
  • Fran Kirby Chelsea Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Fran Kirby - Forward, Chelsea and England/Team GB

    With 16 goals and 11 assists, the forward was the standout performer as Chelsea won the Women's Super League last season. She was also involved in all six goals in the Continental Cup final and was joint topscorer in Europe on their run to the final.
  • Saki Kumagai Japan Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Saki Kumagai - Defender, Bayern Munich and Japan

    The Japan star's quality can't be measured in numbers but, whether playing as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, she was in fine form again last season for Lyon, before switching to Bayern Munich and captaining her country at a home Olympics.
  • Ashley Lawrence Canada Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Ashley Lawrence - Defender, PSG and Canada

    Voted into the French league's team of the season after PSG's title triumph, the defender went to the Olympics having also helped her club reach the semi-finals in Europe. In Japan, she continued an incredible year, starring as Canada won gold.
  • Eugenie Le Sommer OL Reign Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Eugenie Le Sommer - Forward, OL Reign and France

    Netting seven goals in just 14 league starts for Lyon last season, the forward moved away from France for the first time this summer, switching to the U.S. and OL Reign. There, she's continued her great form as the club target an NWSL Championship.
  • Mapi Leon Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Mapi Leon - Defender, Barcelona and Spain

    Barcelona's attack received most of the praise in their treble-winning season, but their star centre-back was also incredible. The Spain international was a rock as they conceded just 15 times in 34 league games, even netting a few goals herself.
  • Sydney Lohmann Bayern Munich Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Sydney Lohmann - Midfielder, Bayern Munich and Germany

    One of the most exciting young talents in Germany, the 21-year-old scored 10 goals in 20 games as Bayern Munich won their first title since 2016. She also scored four times in the Women's Champions League, as the club reached the last four.
  • Lena Magull Bayern Munich Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Lina Magull - Midfielder, Bayern Munich and Germany

    The 27-year-old was in top form as Bayern Munich claimed their first Frauen-Bundesliga title in five years, scoring five goals and providing six assists in 20 games. She was also a crucial cog in the club's run to the semi-finals in Europe.
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan Germany Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Dzsenifer Marozsan - Midfielder, OL Reign and Germany

    After topping the assist charts in France last season, with 15 in 22 games, the generational German playmaker swapped Lyon for OL Reign. She has quickly set about having an influence in the U.S. too, as the club push for the NWSL Championship.
  • Lieke Martens Netherlands Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Lieke Martens - Forward, Barcelona and the Netherlands

    The Dutch winger scored 20 goals in all competitions for Barcelona as they won the treble, shining in the latter stages of the Women's Champions League in particular. She then scored four goals in as many games at the Olympics for her country.
  • Sam Mewis USWNT Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Sam Mewis - Midfielder, North Carolina Courage and USA

    Of the USWNT stars to move to the Women's Super League last year, the midfielder had the biggest impact, the highlight being a goal at Wembley as Manchester City won the FA Cup. She then won an Olympic bronze medal with her country in the summer.
  • Vivianne Miedema Arsenal Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Vivianne Miedema - Forward, Arsenal and the Netherlands

    Last season saw the Dutch star become the Women's Super League's all-time top goalscorer, aged 24. She netted 18 goals in 22 games by the end of the campaign, then shattered records at the Olympics, scoring an incredible 10 times in four matches.
  • Asisat Oshoala Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Asisat Oshoala - Forward, Barcelona and Nigeria

    The Nigeria international scored 18 goals in 18 league starts last season as Barcelona won the treble. She also netted a further four in the Women's Champions League, including a crucial pair in the quarter-final win over Manchester City.
  • Irene Paredes Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Irene Paredes - Defender, Barcelona and Spain

    The Spaniard was PSG's leader in defence last season as they kept 19 clean sheets to win a maiden league title. Before switching to Barcelona, she also helped them reach the last four in Europe, where they'd narrowly fall short against the Catalans.
  • Christen Press USWNT Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Christen Press - Forward, Angel City and USA

    After a tough illness over the winter period, the forward was involved in four goals in her final three Manchester United games, plus a further nine goals in 10 games for the U.S. heading into the Olympics, where she’d win a bronze medal.
  • Alexia Putellas Barcelona Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Alexia Putellas - Midfielder, Barcelona and Spain

    With 25 goals in all competitions, most scored with the captain's armband on, the Spaniard was outstanding as Barcelona won the treble. Player of the Match as they lifted the Copa de la Reina, she also scored in the Women's Champions League final.
  • Wendie Renard France Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Wendie Renard - Defender, Lyon and France

    Despite 2020-21 being a difficult campaign for Lyon, their captain was still voted into the French league's team of the season, her knack for goals making her one of just 11 players in the league to hit double figures. Not bad for a centre-back.
  • Becky Sauerbrunn USWNT Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Becky Sauerbrunn - Defender, Portland Thorns and USA

    After helping Portland win the NWSL Challenge Cup, scoring a crucial penalty in the final's shootout, the centre-back flew to Japan to win a bronze medal, then returned home to continue the Thorns' strong charge towards the NWSL Championship.
  • Caroline Seger Sweden Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Caroline Seger - Midfielder, Rosengard and Sweden

    One of the star performers at the Olympic Games as Sweden won a silver medal, the 36-year-old's influence as the calming defensive midfielder is just as great for her club, with her captaining them into a strong position to retain their league title.
  • Khadija Shaw Manchester City Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Khadija Shaw - Forward, Manchester City and Jamaica

    In a French league stacked with attacking talent at PSG and Lyon, it was the Bordeaux striker who emerged with the Golden Boot last season after 22 goals in 20 games. That helped fire the club into the Women's Champions League for the first time too.
  • Ji So-yun Chelsea Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Ji So-yun - Midfielder, Chelsea and South Korea

    One of the most gifted players in the Women's Super League, the midfielder was key as Chelsea won the league, the Continental Cup and reached the Women's Champions League final, her crucial goal in the semi-final win over Bayern Munich a highlight.
  • Lynn Williams USWNT Goal 50 SLIDELIST

    Lynn Williams - Forward, North Carolina Courage and USA

    The forward's goals have been huge in the North Carolina Courage staying in the hunt for an NWSL Championship. She came up big at the Olympics too, where the U.S. won bronze, with a goal and an assist in the quarter-final win over the Netherlands.