The 2019 Women’s World Cup has been hyped as the most talented competition in the history of women’s soccer. Nations around the globe have begun to put more time and resources into the women’s game, resulting in a competitive boom. Unfortunately, the best player in the world — Ada Hegerberg — will not be participating in the World Cup.
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Hegerberg, a 23-year-old Norwegian, has established herself as the best in the world. The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner hasn’t suited up for Norway for two years, and will now sit out the World Cup. Hegerberg’s decision to not play for Norway stems from her desire to see equal working conditions and support for Norway’s women’s program.
While it is unfortunate the world won’t be able to watch Hegerberg this summer, the 2019 Women’s World Cup is more star-studded than ever.
Here are New Arena’s picks for the 20 best players in the World Cup:
20. Caroline Graham Hansen — Norway, RW
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- Caps- 71
- Goals- 25
Just 24, Hansen has been a steady presence for the Norwegian’s since 2011 when she made her debut as a 16-year-old. The talented forward has the capability to be one of the world’s best as she continues to perfect her game. Before signing with FC Barcelona, Hansen played for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga — leading the team in assists in her five seasons with the German team. After an injury kept her out of the 2015 World Cup, Hansen has stepped up her game and is determined to lead Noway deep into the tournament.