Lucy Bronze wins BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020

Lucy Bronze, who plays for England and Olympique Lyonnais, has been crowned the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2020.

The annual award from the BBC World Service - now in its sixth year - is voted for by football fans from around the world.  It is the second time that Bronze has won the award, having also scooped the prize in 2018.

In previous years, winners have found out they’ve won when the BBC’s Sarah Mulkerrins visits them in person to surprise them in front of the cameras. But this proved more difficult this year as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and Bronze instead found out she was the winner in a surprise video interview set up over the internet. With Olympique Lyonnais’ matches postponed, their training centre temporarily closed, and players told to self-isolate, Bronze has returned home to England, and says she is trying to keep fit at home.

On finding out she had won, the 28 year-old defender said: “I'm definitely surprised - I wasn't expecting it. It's pretty special (being a public vote) and quite amazing. All the girls that have been nominated are global superstars. I look at the list now and think everyone knows who these girls are so that's pretty special.”