10: Megan Rapinoe
Like a fine wine, Rapinoe seems to get better with age and makes it into the top 10 for the first time after an impressive year. The winger showed no after-effects of the serious injury that kept her out for much of 2016 and could hardly have started Seattle’s NWSL season much better. She scored four goals in the opening four games and provided several assists along the way; even though her form fluctuated after that, Reign reached the play-offs. She was once again prominent as USA went unbeaten across 20 matches, linking up with her fellow attackers to fine effect and coming up with the winner in their opening SheBelieves Cup match against Germany. Rapinoe contributed to five of the USA’s goals in a 6-2 win over Mexico, scoring one and assisting four others, and helped her side book a place in France to defend their World Cup title.
Vlatko Andonovski, Seattle Reign manager:
“Megan Rapinoe is one of the most creative players in the world. Players like Megan are the ones that help the rest of us to fall in love with the game. She has everything that modern soccer player needs to possess. When she is on the field the game of soccer is fun!”