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WOMEN’S WORLD XI VOICES: WHAT THEY SAY

Reactions of the players after receiving their Women’s World XI award from FIFPro.

What does this prize mean to them?

And what does it mean to women's football?

Leonie Maier (24, Germany – Olympic Gold Medal with Germany, German league title with Bayern Munich)
“It makes me unbelievably proud to be picked in this world team. It also makes me speechless, I could not believe it, because I had not expected this to happen. It is a tremendous honour.”

Nilla Fischer (32, Sweden – Champions League runner-up with VfL Wolfsburg)
“I am very happy and honoured that the girls have been voting for me. It is a big thing when the players are voting instead of a jury. It means a lot to me.”

“(The World XI) is a big thing, because we want to achieve the same thing as male soccer players. It is a big thing to achieve something we did not have before. It is a step in the right direction. I think we deserve the same respect as men.”

Wendie Renard (26, France – Champions League, French League and Cup with Olympique Lyon)
“There’s a lot of talent on this list so I’m delighted to be in the best 11 for the second year running.”

“Being chosen as one of the world’s top players shows how football is about everyone on the pitch. It’s not often you get an award as a defender.”

About the importance of the Women’s World XI: “It means things are starting to move in the right direction. These awards would have been unthinkable in the past. Women’s football is progressing worldwide. “

Ali Krieger (32, USA – Orlando Pride)
“I'm just honoured to be a part of that group and have my name within those other fantastic players who I also look to as peers, as colleagues and role models for our sport.”

Dzsenifer Marozsan (24, Germany – Olympic Gold Medal with Germany, scored winning goal in final)
“This is crazy, beautiful, an enormous compliment. it makes me feel proud.”

“(The World XI) is a huge recognition for women’s football. We do the same as men. We train as much as the men, maybe even more. Therefore I am very happy that there is now also a vote.”

Carli Lloyd (34, USA – Manchester City, on loan from Houston Dash)
“I think it's fantastic to have a women's best eleven. There are some amazing players on the women's side and it's just great to see that we're being recognised. I think that the game has evolved so much. Credit to my teammates for the help. For me I just want to keep improving and getting better.”

Marta (31, Brazil – FC Rosengard)
“Thank you. I’m very happy to be among the 11 best and in the FIFPro World XI. II am very proud and want to thank all players for voting for me.”

Alex Morgan (27, USA – Olympique Lyon, on loan from Orlando Pride)
“I'm extremely honoured because I worked really hard in 2016 and, even though we (USA) didn't go very far in the Olympics, it's a great honour to be among some of the other names which are the best in women's football. It's a proud moment for me.”

Ada Hegerberg (21, Norway - Champions League, French League and Cup with Olympique Lyon, scored 54 goals in 35 matches in all competitions in 2015-2016)
“It is a great honour for me. Being on a team among such great players is a huge motivation to improve as a player. It is an inspiration. I want to improve everything. I have huge ambitions for the future.”

On why she deserved the award: “It is a question of a lot of years of hard work. It did not come after one season or in one summer. I have been training a lot on my own. I have been focusing on the details, on how to improve in every facet of my game. Playing in such a great team in Lyon, where we have world class players and competing against players like that every day, makes you even better. I am in such a good place to be to become even better.”

Eugenie Le Sommer (27, France - Champions League, French League and Cup with Olympique Lyon)
“It’s always good to get international recognition. It pushes you to continue working hard, become a better player and get invited back next year,” said Eugenie Le Sommer.

On why she deserved the award: “I put it down to hard work. Whether I’m playing for France or my club, I always give my best. I try to become a better player. Luckily, I’ve managed to steer clear of injury, so I’ve played a full season. I’m playing at Lyon, which is the top team in Europe. And the French national side is one of the best in the world. So I’m surrounded by great players. That’s what I credit my success to.”