Hope Solo is on the shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon D'Or Award in World Female Football. The other nominees are: Marta, Abby Wambach, Homare Sawa, Alex Morgan, Aya Miyama, Alex Morgan, Lotta Schelin, Louisa Necib, Kerstin Garefrekes, and Sonia Bompastor.
The 2011 FIFA Ballon D'Or was created with the purpose of awarding players on the basis of their performance during the year. The people who vote on the awards are coaches and captains of international clubs. Journalists also participate in the voting process.
Hope Solo deserves to be awarded the 2011 Ballon D'Or for her activities on the field—and off the field as well (although off-the-field activities are not considered according to FIFA Ballon D'Or regulations).
The article is actually written taking into account the professional accomplishments (which are the basis for the award) and off the field (which is more like a personal wish list). All athletes should be measured by who they are both on and off the field.
While no one is perfect, here are the four reasons for Hope should win the Ballon D'Or.