England and Chelsea super striker Fran Kirby has sparked controversy over Miedema FIFPro World XI snub, stating that the award favours a section of players and not those who deserve it.
FIFA, the football governing body collaborated with the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) to get about 23 000 professional players to vote for their peers.
Each of the footballers selected their personal World XI, with the most choosing players per position to make the final overall dream team.
As in every edition, the World XI will line up in a 4-3-3 formation and is based on performances in the previous campaign.
However, the Chelsea and England stalwart forward Kirby who is among many who feels the award was to favour a section of players and not those who deserve it, took to twitter to reply an article on Arsenal’s forward and PFA player of the year Anna Margaritha Marina Astrid Miedema.
The World Cup semi-finalist tweeted saying…’Miedema should’ve been included in the World XI and also higher in the running for the best award. She deserved the recognition for what she’s done in the WSL and internationally’
“it’s about time other countries start taking the WSL more seriously. Some of the best players are coming to play here, it’s one of the most competitive leagues in the world and deserves that respect’, she added.
Vivianne Miedema, 23, won silver at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, gold at 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, FA WSL title with Arsenal (season 18/19) won the golden boot and was voted the best player of WSL.
And as if that was not enough, this year, she became the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands women’s national football team, across both the women’s and men’s teams just before she turned 23 years in July 2019. July 2019.