Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan Among FIFA's 'The Best' Women's Player Shortlist

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2019

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates scoring the first goal from the penalty spot with Alex Morgan during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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The USWNT's Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are among the 12 nominees for FIFA's "The Best" women's player award.

Rapinoe and Morgan are included alongside World Cup-winning USA team-mates Julie Ertz and Rose Lavelle:

FIFA's 2019 "The Best" ceremony will be held on September 23 in Milan.

Morgan and Rapinoe each netted six goals as they helped Team USA defend their 2015 title and win their fourth World Cup overall.

The latter, who won the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, netted a penalty in the final among a number of impressive highlights (U.S. only):

England striker Ellen White also scored six goals at the tournament. She is included among the nominees alongside Lionesses team-mate Lucy Bronze after they helped England reach the semi-finals.

Bronze also scored one of the most impressive goals of the tournament along the way:

The right-back, who was awarded the tournament's Silver Ball, came into the World Cup on the back of a sensational season with Lyon in which she won the treble.

Her team-mates Ada Hegerberg, Wendie Renard and Amandine Henry also made the cut. The latter two took France to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, with centre-back Renard netting four times along the way.

Hegerberg, who won the first women's Ballon d'Or last year and scored a hat-trick in this year's UEFA Women's Champions League final as Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1, did not attend the World Cup with Norway in protest against gender inequality in football in her home country.

Vivianne Miedema not only helped the Netherlands reach the World Cup final, but she also enjoyed a superb season with Arsenal as she won the Women's Super League, playing a key role along the way:

Australia's Sam Kerr has been nominated after she finished as top scorer in the National Women's Soccer League last year and in the W-League for the 2018-19 season with Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory, respectively.

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