Sam Kerr makes history with second place finish for the UEFA Player of the Year award

Australia's captain Sam Kerr has made history overnight, becoming the first Australian to finish in the top two of the prestigious UEFA Player of the Year award.

The striker was voted second, behind FIFA Women's World Cup champion and MVP of Spain's final, Aitana Bonmati, the first Australian to make the top two for the award.

Kerr has been a finalist for the award one other time, finishing in 7th place in the 2020/21 season. 

This year's award saw Bonmati take out the award for the first time, winning the trophy with 308 votes. Kerr came in second with 88 votes, while Spain's Olga Carmona finished off the top three with 72 votes.

This marks the first time a player in the AFC Confederation has finished in the top three of the women's edition of the award. 

Kerr will be back in action for Chelsea again this season after helping Australia to a history-making finish at the FIFA Women's World Cup, with the reigning WSL champions kicking off their season against Tottenham Hotspur next month.

Find out where our FIFA Women's World Cup squad will be in action now - Matildas Abroad & At Home: where to watch the Aussies in season 2023/24

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This article was originally published on the CommBank Matildas website.