Mary Earps makes history as England & Man Utd goalkeeper picks up prestigious Women’s Player of the Year award ahead of Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati

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England and Manchester United No.1 Mary Earps has become the first goalkeeper in history to win the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

The BBC announced Earps as the winner of their annual prize on Tuesday morning, with the 30-year-old recognised for her achievements across the 2022-23 season.

Earps helped Manchester United finish second in the WSL before playing a key role in the Lionesses run to the World Cup final, which they ultimately lost 1-0 to Spain.

Fans voted for Earps as the winner of the award on the BBC Sport website after a five-player shortlist was put together by a panel of football experts.

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Earps finished first ahead of 2023 Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati, with Chelsea and Australia forward Sam Kerr coming in third.

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