81. Maren Mjelde
A third consecutive year in the top 100 for a player who is now one of the most consistent performers around. From midfield, to centre-back, to now right-back for Chelsea, Mjelde’s performances have rarely dipped whichever position she’s in. Her goal at the death in Paris to send Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals will live long in the memory but it’s her ability on the ball, her calmness in possession and her all round quality which stands out. Mjelde was as ever a vital part of a Norway side which excited plenty of people at the summer’s World Cup before returning to her club as a full-back in the new season. Mjelde though has taken to the role well and didn’t shy away from taking a crucial recent penalty to earn all three points against Manchester United.
Martin Sjogren, Norway head coach:
“Maren’s World Cup was great! She was solid in central defence and with a great smartness and huge understanding of the game, she helped the team to a good result in the tournament. Her leadership qualities are fundamental for the national team and she is a major player both on and off the field for Norway. The good thing is that she has more years to give!”
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