Lucy wins BBC player award for a second time
Lucy Bronze has been named the BBC ‘Women’s Footballer of the Year’ for 2020.
It is the second time the Berwick-born, Alnwick schooled 28 year-old has landed the title.
Bronze, who was brought up on Holy Island and Belford in north Northumberland, is now one of the most instantly recognised figures in the women’s game.
Having made her mark with Manchester City and England, Bronze now plays her club football with Lyon in France, where last year she won the French Championship and the Women’s European Champions League.
In 2019 she was named Uefa Women’s Player of the Year, was runner-up in the World Women’s Player of the Year and helped England to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in France.
After picking up her award she told the BBC: “At eight years old I wanted to beat my brother. When I was with my brother it was about being like him. I wanted to beat my brother and do what he does.
"I loved every sport anyway - I did every sport - but football was the sport my brother loved and I fell in love with it through that.
"I got a bit of acceptance through football - I was a very shy child but football was the way I made friends throughout my childhood.
"I've been in that time when I had to pay for the field and to pay to turn up and train twice a week. It's one of the things I'm so proud of in my career: going from that to living in a different country and winning Champions Leagues. It's from one end of the spectrum to the other and not many are going to have that experience.
"I'd say to my younger self: 'Enjoy what you do and make sure you work hard.' Everything I have now is through hard work. I have some talent, but my hard work outweighs my talent in my career.
"To grow alongside women's football and to see where it is now, I'd have never dreamt it when I was 11 or 12.
"Now I'd love to be the captain of England. I want to win things with England and have an influence with the team, and I think it's a great way to do it.
"Now, to be be playing at Wembley with England, for millions of people to be watching the Women's World Cup, it's exciting and the quality of football is only going to improve.”