The IFFHS Awards: World’s Best Playmaker


Photo Credit: De Gelderlander

The sixth edition of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) award for women recognizes 19 of the world’s best playmakers in the year 2017.

The very first award in 2012 was won by Brazilian international and former FIFA player of the year, Marta.

2016 saw Germany and Olympique Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsán emerge the winner but this year, another champion is crowned.


Netherlands playmaker Lieke Martens has proved winning can become a habit with her successful selection as the 2017 World’s Best Woman Playmaker .

Lieke Martens’s life completely changed after winning the European Championships with the Netherlands on home soil last summer.

Martens, 24, joined FC Barcelona this summer after being voted the best player at the UEFA Women’s EURO and later won the UEFA and FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award as well.

This offensive player has completely stood out with her technical skills, speedy dribbles and excellent teamwork.

Last year’s winner Marozsan, who has been in the Top 5 since the first rankings in 2012, was the natural favorite this year because of her exceptional success with Olympique Lyon, but the Euros and the success of Martens changed the picture.

The IFFHS voters from 91 countries all over the World voted 165 points for Martens, relegating Marozsan to second place with 98 points, followed by Marta and Carli Lloyd.

No African made the final cut.

RANKING 2017 :

1 – Lieke MARTENS (Netherlands/FC Rosengard/FC Barcelona)              165 points

2 – Dzsenifer MAROZSAN  (Germany/Olympique Lyon)                              98 points

3 – MARTA Vieira Da Silva (Brazil/FC Rosengard/Orlando Pride)              80 points

4 – Carli LLOYD  (USA/Houston Dash/Manchester City FC)                         78 points

5 – Pernilla HARDER  (Denmark/VFL Wolfsburg)                                           60 points

6 – Camille ABILY  (France/Olympique Lyon)                                                   59 points

7 – Megan RAPINOE  (USA/Seattle Reign FC)                                                   19 points

8 – Jackie GROENEN  (Netherlands/1FFC Frankfurt)                                     16 points

9 – Shirley CRUZ TRANA (Costa Rica/Paris SG)                                               15 points

Samantha KERR  (Australia/Sky Blue FC)                                                     15 points

11- Danielle VAN DONK  (Netherlands/Arsenal FC)                                         13 points

12- Amandine HENRY  (France/Paris SG/Portland Thorns)                          10 points

Theresa NIELSEN  (Denmark/Brondby IF/Valerenga FD)                       10 points

14- Jill SCOTT  (England/Manchester City FC)                                                    9 points

15- Sherida SPITSE  (Netherlands/Lillestrom SK/FC Twente)                        8 points

16- Jordan NOBBS  (England/Arsenal FC)                                                           2 points

17- Aya MIYAMA  (Japan/Okayama Yunogo Belle)                                            1 point

Mallory PUGH  (USA/Washington Spirit)                                                      1 point

Lydia Nayeli RANGEL (Mexico/Huelva/Tigres UANL)                                1 point


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