Double Dutch delight as Martens and Wiegman honoured by Fifa

24 October 2017

Double Dutch delight as Martens and Wiegman honoured by Fifa

Lieke Martens receives the Fifa Best Women's Player of 2017 Trophy from Marco van Basten and is joined by Fifa Best Women's Coach of 2017, Sarina Wiegman.

Lieke Martens has been crowned Fifa Best Women's Player of 2017 in a star-studded event at the London Palladium.

The 24-year-old Barcelona ace scored three goals in Holland’s triumphant Euro 2017 campaign and won the tournament’s golden ball award..

She was described by Fifa as "The most elusive of dribblers who sets the tempo for her side, showing her innate ability to read the game.’

Lieke beat United States midfielder Carli Lloyd and Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela to collect the prestigious trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo retained the men's title - the fifth time he had won the award - ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi and Neymar in third spot.

Although she was unable to attend the ceremony due to a World Cup qualifier against Norway, Lieke received her award from Marco van Basten while preparing with the national team.

It was a double celebration for Holland, with the women's coach category won by Sarina Wiegman, who led the Dutch national team to the Euro 2017 title on home soil. 

All winners were decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans. 

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