5. Amandine Henry
6th in 2018, Henry still rises up a position after another superb year from the top ranked midfielder in 2019. Henry is simply the all-round midfielder. Outright quality on the ball, the ability to pass, score, dictate and be a crucial cog for the most successful club in Europe ensure she is out on her own when it comes to her importance. Henry doesn’t score many goals but when she does they tend to be big ones, her only club goal in the first half of 2019 coming in the Champions League semi-final win against Chelsea. Maybe Henry was saving her goals for the biggest stage of all as she struck a beauty in France’s opening game of the World Cup before popping up with a huge winner in extra-time of their second round match against Brazil. But goals are just a small part of Henry’s game and what makes her great is about so much more. She’s returned to Lyon in fine form, is at the peak of her game and has added a goal or two more to her CV in the new season.
Jess Fishlock, former Lyon player:
“It’s really interesting because out of everyone I’ve played with I found her one of the most difficult to play with. She obviously has massive attributes and a lot of quality but Amandine needs someone like a Saki. She roams around, she gets on the ball and I think that holding midfielder is key because if not it’s just Amandine and Dzsenifer, but there’s no denying her attributes. Her biggest attribute is how powerful she is on the run and she’s so creative. She’s great and she was great for France, she’s just so powerful on the ball, she drops, she picks it up, runs with it and links up. She can create, she can link up and she can score and those are huge attributes.”
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