Katie McCabe makes history with Ballon d’Or nomination

Katie McCabe will go down in the hall of sporting fame in Ireland.

The Ireland Captain made history by bringing the Women’s National Team to their first ever World Cup this year.

And now she has become the first Irish woman to be nominated for the prestigious Women’s Balloon d’Or.

The award recognises the best player in the world over a 12-month period.


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Katie shared her delight at the news on Twitter, writing: “Getting the @UWCL win with @arsenalwfc and being nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or! Very proud to be nominated among the best in the world!! Blessed @BALLON_DOR9 #ballondor.”

Katie is one of 30 women who have been nominated for the award.

Of course, the Dublin woman was all anyone could talk about after her incredible goal during the World Cup.

She made history when she scored the Republic of Ireland’s first-ever goal in the World Cup!

Check out the full shortlist for the Women’s Ballon d’Or here:

Khadija Shaw [Manchester City]
Mapi Leon [Barcelona]
Mary Earps [Manchester United]
Asisat Oshoala [Barcelona]
Wendie Renard [Lyon]
Katie McCabe [Arsenal]
Jill Roord [Wolfsburg and Manchester City]
Yui Hasegawa [Manchester City]
Alexandra Popp [Wolfsburg]
Aitana Bonmati [Barcelona]
Debinha [Kansas City]
Sam Kerr [Chelsea]
Guro Reiten [Chelsea]
Ewa Pajor [Wolfsburg]
Patricia Guijarro [Barcelona]
Daphne Van Domselaar [Twente and Aston Villa]
Lena Oberdorf [Wolfsburg]
Hinata Miyazawa [MyNavi Sendai and Manchester United]
Millie Bright [Chelsea]
Salma Paralluelo [Barcelona]
Sophia Smith [Portland Thorns]
Hayley Raso [Manchester City and Real Madrid]
Amanda Ilestedt [PSG and Arsenal]
Georgia Stanway [Bayern Munich]
Olga Ramona [Real Madrid]
Fridolina Rolfo [Barcelona]
Rachel Daly [Aston Villa]
Alba Redondo [Levante]
Linda Caicedo [Real Madrid]
Kadidiatou Diani [Lyon]

Good luck, Katie!

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