In a major shock, in-form Wesfield Matildas star Sam Kerr has been overlooked for the shortlist for this year’s Best FIFA Women's Player 2017.
Kerr was one of 10 players from around the globe short-listed for the prestigious award last month by the world’s governing body but missed the cut when the field was trimmed to the top three last night (AEST).
USA superstar Carli Lloyd, Dutchwoman Leike Martens and Venezuelan striker Deyna Castellanos were announced as the contenders for this year’s prize.
The Kerr snub comes as a huge surprise given her red-hot form for both club and country over the last 12 months.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar Westfield W-League 2016/17 Season, claiming the Julie Dolan Medal as the competition’s best player after her 10 goals led Perth Glory to the Grand Final.
Kerr then became the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) all-time leading scorer earlier this year with Sky Blue FC and equalled Kim Little’s record for most goals in a single NWSL season (16 goals).
That included a record four goals in the second half of one match as Sky Blue FC came from 3-0 down to beat Seattle 5-4.
Last month, she netted a first-half hat-trick for the Westfield Matildas against Japan at the Tournament of Nations and capped it off with a goal in Australia’s 6-1 demolition of Brazil.
And just last week she scored three goals in two matches as the Westfield Matildas swept their two-game friendly series against Brazil in front of packed crowds in Penrith and Newcastle.
Kerr was recently named Australia’s Footballers of the Year at Professional Football Australia’s annual awards, winning the title for the second time.
But it hasn’t been enough to see her got the nod on the FIFA Best Women’s Player award shortlist, surprising many in the football world.
The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony will be on Monday 23 October, where all winners will be presented with their awards.