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Sam Kerr honoured as Australia’s first women’s marquee player after FIFA snub

Alex Blair news.com.au

FOOTBALLING sensation Sam Kerr has a lot on her plate these days.

 

The Fremantle-born star, who is the 2018 Young Australian of the Year, was honoured by the FFA after becoming the first female marquee player in Australian football history on Thursday.

 

The move, which will lock her into the W-League in Australia as opposed to moving overseas, placed her in a exclusive group of former and current marquee players including Tim Cahill, Dwight Yorke, Alessandro Del Piero and Keisuke Honda.

 

Kerr, who is currently in Sydney participating in the Assassin’s Creed Challenge, has become a household name in Australia helping shoot the Matildas to stardom.

 

A shock snub at the FIFA Awards last month saw her come ninth in the race for the women’s player of the year after a stunning year on the field had some pundits placing her as a shoo-in.

 

Sam Kerr is being tipped as an all-time Aussie great.

Sam Kerr is being tipped as an all-time Aussie great.Source:AFP

 

The award was won by Brazilian veteran Marta — which was the sixth time she claimed the honour — but even she thought Kerr was deserving of recognition, casting one of her own votes to the Aussie.

 

But the 25-year-old striker wasn’t too fussed at missing out, brushing off the obvious omission as a lack of exposure in women’s sport.

 

“I don’t think women’s football has enough exposure around the world to allow people to have a proper decision on the best player,” she said. “(That) takes nothing away from Marta,

 

she’s an amazing player and so were all the others nominated. Hopefully one year I get my opportunity.”

 

 

The FFA said Thursday’s deal emphasised the organisation’s commitment to women’s football after Kerr spurned European offers to return home.

 

“I’m really excited, there was a moment there where I thought I’d never play for (Perth) Glory again. It’s always a massive honour to play for my state.

 

“The club has really put its heart and soul into the women’s game.”

 

Sam Kerr rocks.

Sam Kerr rocks.Source:Supplied

 

“We truly hope that historic days like today will ensure we create an important legacy for professional female players in the future,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

 

“Sam’s reach extends well beyond the football field, as illustrated by her being the current Young Australian of the Year.

 

“Sam Kerr is truly one of the best female footballers in the world right now and one of the most recognisable sports people in Australia and football worldwide.”

 

While in Sydney, Kerr tested her skill in the Assassin’s Creed Challenge — a full size parkour course with obstacles inspired by the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game set in Ancient Greece, launching on October 5.

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