35. Caroline Graham Hansen
After an injury-ridden 2015 and 2016, there must have been fears about whether Caroline Graham Hansen was ever going to be given the opportunity to fulfill her obvious talent.
But the 22-year-old bounced back from her latest setback to end the 2016-17 Bundesliga campaign as a champion with Wolfsburg, recording six goals in just 16 games.
She’s also proving influential as Wolfsburg sit top of the table once again halfway through the current season, although it’s been a frustrating year internationally.
Graham Hansen wasn’t able to show what she can do on the grand stage at Euro 2017 with Norway going out without so much as scoring a goal. But at 22, Graham Hansen has many years left and has the talent to become one of the best in the world.
Martin Sjögren, Norway national team head coach says:
“Caroline’s technical skills and speed are exceptional and there is nothing she can’t do with a ball. She is playing a major role in our attacking game and has also grown into becoming a leader off the pitch.”
Stephan Lerch, Wolfsburg manager says:
“She is incredibly hard to defend against when dribbling. Caro dominates a high tempo game, is technically very strong and dangerous for the defenders. She also has a good eye for finding her team mates. In short: an exceptional player.
Sophie Lawson, European women’s football writer says:
“Still just 22, Caroline Graham Hansen is a player who seems to have been around for most of the last decade, the talented winger known to the footballing world since her teens. With a career that’s already been blighted by injury, 2017 has seen Graham Hansen return to full fitness and attack games with a renewed vigor. Part of the exceptionally talented VfL Wolfsburg attack, the Norwegian carries herself across the pitch with an air of authority, cutting around and through any defender in her path en route to goal, usually to set up a teammate with an inch-perfect assist.