19: Alexandra Popp
Popp squeezes into the top 20 this year thanks to her role in Wolfsburg’s title success and run to the Champions League final. While she is not a regular goalscorer, her five assists in the second half of 2017-18 showed what a creative influence she is – and that was underscored by the two goals she set up during her side’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. Five goals for Germany also ensured a successful year on that front but unfortunately Popp may be best remembered for her red card in the Champions League final while Wolfsburg were leading 1-0 in extra time, allowing Lyon to go on and win the title.
Stephan Lerch, VfL Wolfsburg manager:
“Alex is a particularly distinguished player with her strong left foot and her header strength, she can be used in many ways. Her way of playing is physically robust and intense, this also makes her very strong in one to one duels.”