Beth Mead has been named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2022, ahead of Chelsea’s Sam Kerr and Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas.
Mead was England’s top scorer during the Lionesses’ triumphant Euro 2022 campaign, scooping the golden boot and player of the tournament award.
She finished the domestic season with 11 goals and eight assists in 22 WSL appearances, as Arsenal narrowly missed out on the league title.
The forward has already been named England’s player of the year and finished as runner up in the Ballon d’Or in 2022.
Chelsea forward Kerr was voted into second, and Barcelona playmaker Putellas was third.
“I don’t think I’ve quite processed it yet. It’s a huge honour for me,” Mead told BBC Sport.
“I’ve just been enjoying my football this season and for me, these are nice trophies to get hold of, but again, I continue to keep saying it and it’s becoming a cliche now, but I wouldn’t have got these without my team-mates throughout the season at Arsenal, throughout the season for the international team.”
The award was voted for by fans, after the shortlist was compiled by a panel of experts.
Germany and Wolfsburg forward Alexandra Popp and France and Lyon captain Wendie Renard were also nominated for the award.
Mead is the second English player to win the BBC Footballer of the Year award, following Lucy Bronze’s success in 2018 and 2020. She is also the second Arsenal player to win the award in successive seasons, after Vivianne Miedema scooped the prize in 2021.