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Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

Thu 20 January 2022 | 8:30

Who is on the list of FIFPro Women’s World XI for 2021? How well did these ladies fare in their respective careers to earn a place amongst the other ten top-performers? Follow us below as we take a brief look at the careers of those on the list of FIFA FIFPro 2021 Women’s World XI.

Having already covered the Men’s FIFPro World XI for 2021, it was high time we got to take a look at the list for the women’s football as well. While it might take some time for the women’s football to reach the level of athleticism and global fame that the men’s football has, ladies have certainly improved their game in recent years. We got to see some exceptional talents grace the pitch in the year that passed and we definitely enjoyed their impressive skills and teamwork.

Surely you too are eager to find out more about those on the list of

Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

as women’s football is getting bigger and better with each year that passes. So if you want to know more about these genius footballers, read on as we provide detailed information about their respective careers and their full stats in the year 2021.

FIFPro Women’s World XI for 2021

From United States’ Alex Morgan to Italy’s Barbara Bonansea and France’s Wendie Renard, there are some incredible footballers on the list of Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about these football players and their respective careers so far.

Christiane Endler

  • Position: Goalkeeper

A football team can have several main defenders, midfielders and even forwards running up and down the pitch at the same time. But there can only be one goalkeeper guarding the goal line for almost always the full 90 minutes. That is why a goalkeeper must be on their very best at all times to earn a spot on the starting-XI week-in week-out. Chilean shot-stopper Christiane Endler is certainly one of those in-form goalkeepers as she has managed to earn a spot on the list of

Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

.

The 30-year-old began her club career at Union La Calera way back in 2008 and quickly joined Everton in 2010. The Chile international has spent her entire club career playing for various clubs across the globe, including Colo-Colo, Chelsea, Valencia,

Paris Saint-Germain

and Olympique Lyon. She led her nation to their very first Women’s World Cup in 2018 and later helped them qualify for their first Olympics in 2021.

As a veteran international player, Endler has managed to make a total of 69 international caps since her debut back in 2009. While the Chile international came in second during the two times that she was nominated for the Best Women’s Goalkeeper award at the Best FIFA Football Awards, Endler finally managed to earn some recognition for her impressive work by earning a spot amongst the Women’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021.

Magdalena Eriksson

  • Position: right-back

Next on the list of

Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021

is Magdalena Eriksson. Magdalena “Magda” Lilly Eriksson is a professional footballer who mainly plays as a right-back for Chelsea in the English Women’s Super League. Eriksson is a complete fullback and can play on either of the flanks, which has made her quite the sought-after defender in recent years. The Swedish defender is also versatile enough to play as a center-back and can deliver great performances in the middle of the defense as well.

The 28-year-old started her professional career as a footballer back in 2011 when she made her first appearance for Hammarby IF. The

Sweden

international managed to improve her game year-in year-out by developing a better sense in the attack, which helped her to become more active on the offense as well as in defense. She joined Chelsea Women from Linkoping in 2017 and has since managed to make more than 110 appearances for the Blues, scoring 11 league goals in the process as well.

Eriksson has also had more than 80 caps for the Swedish national team since 2014 and is considered to be a key part of the squad. As one of the Women’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021, Eriksson has got quite an international career under her belt as she managed to receive the Swedish Defender of the Year 2021 award and narrowly missed out on being amongst the 10-best nominees for the Ballon d’Or Feminin.

Lucy Bronze

  • Position: Left-back

Women’s football in

England

has taken some huge steps forward in recent years as more and more girls are stepping onto the big stage every season. One of the pioneers of Women’s football is Lucy Bronze, who has been included on the list of Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 at the age of 30. Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze, shortly known as Lucy Bronze was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England on 28 October 1991 and started her journey towards success in football by gracing the pitch at Sunderland in 2007 and North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009.

The Englishwoman has got quite a resume for herself along the way as she has played for numerous world-class clubs in Europe, including Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Olympique Lyon. Even though Bronze is primarily a right-back, she is more than capable of playing on either side of the pitch and is also an adept crosser of the ball. Not only can she defend with effective tackles and athleticism, she can also score goals here and there to help her side come out on top.

The former Lyon defender has made a total of 230 appearances across all competitions throughout her entire career and has managed to score 25 goals in the process. She was included on the list of

Women’s FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2021

for her contributions to the England national team, for who she has made more than 80 appearances since she made her debut back in 2013.

Millie Bright

  • Position: Center-back

If you want an incredibly strong defender with an unbelievable physique to defend your goal, then Millie Bright is the woman you are looking for. The England international is basically a physical beast as she is able to bully the opposition strikers with relative ease. With a relatively tall stature, Bright is quite capable in heading the incoming balls away or bagging a goal or two herself from corners and crosses. Bright was born on 21 August 1993 and started her career as a professional footballer with Doncaster Belles back in 2009.

She went on to spend a season on loan at Leeds Ladies in the 2011-12 season and joined Chelsea in 2015. Her illustrious career has led to her having quite a full trophy cabinet with several league titles, league cups and three FA Women’s Cups.

Bright also represents the England national team and even though she was sent off during her nation’s 2-1 loss to the United States in the semifinal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, she is still adored in her country, which is why she was selected to captain her national side in the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Latvia.

Being amongst the

FIFPro Women’s World XI for 2021

, Millie Bright is considered to be one of the best center-backs in the world. Of course being on the list of Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 is not the only individual honor she has received throughout her career as she has also been included in the FA WSL PFA Team Of the Year on two occasions, while receiving the Vauxhall England Young Player of the Year award in 2016.

Wendie Renard

  • Position: Center-back

Alongside Millie Bright on the list of

FIFA FIFPro 2021 Women’s World XI

stands Wendie Renard, who plays for the Division 1 Feminine side Olympique Lyon. Wendeleine Therese Renard was born on 20 July 1990, which means that she is currently 31 years old and is certainly one of the pioneers of Women’s football in both

France

and the whole world. The impressively tall center-back is absolutely massive with her 1.87-meter tall height and few strikers can manage to get past her in the French top-flight.

Renard gained prominence at Rapid Club du Lorrain and finally rose up the ranks to join Lyon’s senior side back in 2006. Since then, the Frenchwoman has made more than 250 league appearances for Les Gones and has even managed to score an incredible 83 goals in the process. Her total club career appearances has already surpassed the 400-game mark, during which she has managed to score more than 130 goals. These stats are certainly more suitable for an attacking midfielder, which is why Renard is one of the Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021.

Barbara Bonansea

  • Position: Midfielder

Next on the list of

2021 Women’s FIFPro World X

I is Barbara Bonansea, who currently plays for Serie A side Juventus and the Italy national team. The 30-year-old professional footballer is quite a versatile one and can play as both a forward and a midfielder, which makes her a perfect candidate for a free-roaming attacking midfielder. Bonansea is a true veteran of the game as she started her career in football way back in 2006 when she joined ACF Torino.

She spent six years at the Italian side before switching clubs to join Brescia in 2012. She has been a part of the Juventus squad since 2017 and is well on her way towards cementing her position in the Women’s footballing halls of fame. Having been included amongst the AIC Best Women’s XI in 2019, she has now been included amongst the Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021 for a second consecutive year.

Carli Lloyd

  • Position: Midfielder

The United States Women’s national soccer team is without a doubt one of the greatest teams in the sport with several world-record achievements and impressive trophy counts in recent years. That is why the United States have produced some of the most talented footballers in Women’s soccer along the way, one of whom is Carli Lloyd.

The 39-year-old is basically the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Women’s football and is still going strong as a midfielder/forward. Lloyd has certainly aged like fine wine since she first started her journey way back in 1999. As a true pioneer in the world of sports, Lloyd has achieved almost everything there is to achieve, both individual and collective.

She has won two Women’s World Cups throughout her career, while also having receieved the Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year 2016. She even received the honor of IFFHS CONCACAF best Woman Player of the Decade 2011-2020, which shows how impressive her illustrious career has been throughout the years and why she was selected to be on the list of 2021 Women’s FIFPro World XI  

Estefania Banini

  • Position: Midfielder/winger

Estefania Romina Banini Ruiz, shortly known as Estefania Banini is an Argentine footballer who mainly plays as either a forward or a winger for Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division. Even though she has retired from international football since 2019, she is still considered to be one of the best in the world at the age of 31 years old.

She started her career with Colo-Colo back in 2011 and went on to spend her days at clubs such as Washington Spirit, Valencia and Levante, before finally joined Los Rojiblancos in 2021. Aside from earning herself a spot on the 2021 Women’s FIFPro World XI, Banini has also been named on the list of IFFHS’ CONMEBOL Women’s Team of the Decade 2011-2020 as the only Argentine on the list.

Alex Morgan

  • Position: Striker

Even those who do not follow Women’s football know of

Alex Morgan

and her achievements with the United States Women’s soccer national team. Morgan is perhaps the most famous footballer in the world of Women’s soccer and she owes much of her success to her international achievements. The 32-year-old has won two Women’s World Cups and numerous other collective and individual trophies and honors throughout her career.

That is why her phenomenal performance in the 2020 Olympics, which earned her nation the Bronze medal, also earned her a spot on the list of FIFA FIFPro 2021 Women’s World XI. With more than 190 international caps for the United States, Morgan is definitely one of the most idolized female footballers on the entire planet.

Marta

  • Position: Forward

Marta Vieira da Silva, shortly known as Marta, is the next footballer on the list of Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. Just like how the likes of Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan are the idols of almost every American child who loves soccer, Marta is the hero that many Brazilian children idolize and dream of one day repeating her feats in one way or another. The 35-year-old is still going strong in Women’s football and has already surpassed the 150-game mark for the Brazil national team.

Vivianne Miedema

  • Position: Forward

Finally we have gotten the chance to see someone below the age of 28 on the list of Women’s FIFPro World XI for 2021. While most others are well over 30 years old, it is a nice change of pace to see that the 25-year-old Vivianne Miedema has managed to impress the world and the critics with her incredible form in the year that passed.

Miedema has already made more than 100 international appearances for the Netherlands national team, during which she has managed to score a total of 85 goals, which is absolutely phenomenal for her age. The future is certainly bright for the Dutchwoman and we are eagerly waiting to see how things will pan out for her in the future.

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