Nadine Angerer, powerhouse goalkeeper for the Brisbane Roar has received the highest award in women’s soccer – the FIFA Ballon d’Or for World Player of the Year.

I imagine when many of you clicked on that headline you weren’t thinking about women’s soccer. Nadine Angerer is a very successful women’s soccer player that plays for our very own women’s team the  Brisbane Roar and most of us have probably never heard her name before.

The goalkeeper had a very successful 2013 which included captaining Germany to a UEFA European Championships victory. In the final Angerer saved two penalties and was then named the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe.

Angerer received the award at the official awards ceremony in Zurich overnight and was gracious in her acceptance of the award.

“I have to say that I’m a little surprised, but very thankful,” Angerer said.

The FIFA Ballon d’Or is voted by national team coaches and captains and selected international media representatives and Angerer had high praise for her two opponents.

“I have to thank everybody that voted for me and I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too.”

Angerer beat out the other two players by earning on 612 points, ahead of last year’s winner Abby Wambach of the USA (539 points) five-time victor Marta from Brazil (493 points).

Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (1,365 points) took out the men’s equivalent ahead of Lionel Messi (1,205 points) and Franck Ribéry (1,127 points).

The decorated goalkeeper will return to Australia later in the week, ahead of Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League away match against Sydney FC on Sunday and next week’s double header with the club’s Hyundai A-League team at Suncorp Stadium.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Nadine for achieving such great success.

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