BBC Women's Footballer of the Year: Kim Little wins award

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year: Kim Little's best goals

Scotland midfielder Kim Little has been voted the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2016.

The Seattle Reign player topped a supporters' poll to become the second winner of the BBC World Service award.

She beat a shortlist of Gaelle Enganamouit (FC Rosengard, Sweden), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).

"I'm surprised to win, I'm extremely humbled to win," Little, 25, said.

"Women's football is in a great place. Hopefully it will progress further."

Little received the award at her club's training ground on Tuesday.

Kim Little is presented with her trophy by former USA player Shannon MacMillan
Kim Little is presented with her trophy by former USA player Shannon MacMillan

Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, said: "Well done to Kim Little. It's been another outstanding year for women's football and Kim's talent shines through on the pitch.

"I'm delighted BBC World Service plays an important part in giving female footballers the recognition they deserve."

Little was Seattle's leading scorer, and second overall in America's National Women's Soccer League, with 10 goals as she helped the Reign top the league in 2015.

She also played on loan at Melbourne City in 2015.

The former Hibernian and Arsenal Ladies star - a five-time title winner with the Gunners - has made 115 appearances for Scotland, scoring 46 goals.

In 2012, the Aberdeen-born player helped Great Britain reached the quarter-finals at the London Olympics.

She was named the FA's Women's Player of the Year in 2010 and was the first recipient of the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year award in 2013.

"She's a player that has almost everything," Scotland coach Anna Signeul said. "She's quick, her balance and movement on the pitch is fantastic. She has brilliant technique, There aren't many things that she can't do.

"She's a role model. She's perfect in everything she does on and off the pitch and I think it will take a long time before Scotland gets another player like this."

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