Seattle Reign and Scotland international Kim Little has been named the BBC Women’s World Player of the Year, after a vote conducted by the BBC World Service.
The midfielder who has been capped 115 times for Scotland, scoring 46 goals, was up against Gaelle Enganamouit, Amandine Henry, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn for the prestigious award.
The last year has been whirlwind of success for Little who has won domestic honours in Australia, the United States and is an integral part of Anna Signeul’s Scotland side who are top of Grou One with a 100% record.
Speaking to the BBC after the announcement, Little said: “I’m surprised to win – I’m extremely humbled to win. We’ve got a great team here at Seattle Reign and it’s great to share it with them. I’m extremely proud of the season I had here at Seattle Reign, at Melbourne and also Scotland.”
Scotland National Team coach Anna Signeul: “It’s such an incredible achievement for Kim. She’s been a role model for young players in Scotland for such a long time, and this award is very well deserved.
“Even at an early age she had such a great technique and her physique was excellent. It’s something that she’s worked tremendously hard at over the years, and since she’s moved to the United States she’s become faster and stronger.
“To have that balance and physique is one thing, but to then have the football brain and understanding of the game as well makes her the perfect player. She has the ability and technique to execute passes and shots that very few can do.
“It’s fantastic that we have so many great players doing well all over the world and domestically, too. Scotland should be so proud to have the best player in the world.”