How Mary Earps Won BBC Women’s Footballer of The Year 2023 Award


BBC Women's Footballer Award


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England and Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps has been voted BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.
And this was how Mary Earps won BBC Women’s Footballer of the year 2023 Award.

Mary Earps won the Golden Glove as England got to the World Cup final in August, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Spain regardless of the second-half penalty saved by Mary.

Mary also assisted United end second in the 2022-23 Women's Super League (WSL).

I am truly privileged,the 30-year-old told BBC Sport. To be the first keeper to get their hands on
the award is special and I am extremely appreciative – she said.

Supporters voted on the BBC Sport website after a five-player pick out was chosen by a big board of
experts engaged in football around the globe, including coaches, players,
administrators and journalists.

Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati was second in the votes casted, while Chelsea forward Sam Kerr ended
third.

Barcelona and Sweden's Fridolina Rolfo and Vfl Wolfsburg and Germany 's Alexandra Popp were also on
the five-player pick out.

Mary has benefited from a planetary year for club and country and her name is now identical with
the Lionesses.

She held 14 cleansheets for Manchester United in 2022-23 - a WSL history - as the Red Devils attained
their highest league end.

Mary Earps, who finished fifth in the 2023 Ballon d'Or, as well made a force off the field as she took
England’s kit manufacturer Nike to task for inability to generate copy of her
shirt for fans to purchase in the World Cup.

Frankly, I thoughtBonmati might take it. I mean, what a player,- she said.

There has been a bunchthat has occurred this year. Visibly, we've had the World Cup. We've had all
that's gone on with the goalkeeper shirts. I've had the whole goalkeeper union after
me, it looked like. Not even just that, just unbelievable support from the
public and many people.

The past year was an unbelievableseason for United. I think it's been an unbelievable year, an unbelievable
couple of years. I'm just trying to make the most of everything really. – she said.

England boss SarinaWiegman said in a video: Hi Mary, here I go once more. I can congratulate you once
more with the award for women's world footballer of the year. Congratulations, but
you're not done yet. You have to keep going - get some more. Enjoy this award. –
she said.

A major number inEngland's successful 2022 European Championship game, Earps assisted the
national team put up on that drive as she began all seven fixtures at the 2023
World Cup, keeping three clean sheets and being voted victor of the Golden
Glove for the best goalkeeper at the event.

Mary saved a JenniHermoso penalty in the final against Spain but the Lionesses cut down to a 1-0 loss
in Sydney.

Following a two-year England nonappearance between November 2019 and September 2021, Earps mulled over
retiring from international football but has since ascertained herself as one
of the world's top goalkeepers.

I wouldn't wish it onanyone, the sort of things I went through, but I try to use my tale as an inspiration
of hope for people - to illustrate that there are superior days coming,- Earps
said.

You just have to continuegoing and be fighting. That seems very diverse to diverse people - everyone has
their own fights and their own tales.

I think what is unbelievableis how many people have gotten out to me and splitted their own stories through
that. It's been actually immense. Long may it go on – she said.

Mary is the fourth Briton to win the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award, next in the
footsteps of two-time winner Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead in 2022 and 2016 victor Kim
Little.

The Nottingham-born goalkeeper appeared in all 22 of Manchester United's WSL fixtures in 2022-23
and has begun each of their seven league outings this campaign.

Ahead of receiving the award, Mary was also mailed laudatory messages by the most-capped Lioness Fara
Williams and former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

That is actuallyspecial, I'm a bit stunned by that, Earps said of the messages. It is unbelievable
to hear those things. I think as British, we don't for all time utter the way
we celebrate things sometimes. I don't think we're at all times that
forthcoming, so to hear words like that from unbelievable people and what
they've all achieved is amazing. That means a huge deal.

Schmeichel is right. Chiefawards doesn't regularly go to the goalkeepers. I think that is what is actually
special about hearing those messages from goalkeepers, or having the support of
the goalkeepers' union. I assume we're all in fact sourcing for the other
goalkeepers to do well. So yeah, that is really good! Clearly he has got a incredible
heritage in general, but also at the club, so that's really special. – Mary said.

Earps honors in 2023

WSL Golden Glove 2022-23

2023 World Cup GoldenGlove

PFA Team Of The Year2022-23

England Women’s Playerof the year 2022-23

FIFA Best Goalkeeper

Record for Most CleanSheets in WSL Season.

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