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Whilst the ‘Kerr to Chelsea’ rumour has turn into so ingrained in the coversation relating to Australia’s mercurial striker this off-season that a lot of think it to be a fate accompli, these supposedly in the know are starting to wag tongues about Lyon.

Lyon would be as remarkable a coup for Kerr as it would be vice versa.

By far the historically strongest group in female football, the record-setting Lyonnais have won six Champions League titles, the final 13 Division 1 Feminine titles and consistently gone numerous years unbeaten across all competitions.

Their existing roster boasts no much less than a quarter of the Ballon d’Or nominees, like final year’s winner, Ada Hegerberg. Regardless of the relative development and league status of the Women’s Super League, Chelsea, for comparison’s sake, have none.

It is a move that would thrust Kerr front and centre of the female sporting planet, not just in Australia and the USA as she presently is, but in the spiritual residence of football.

Europe is an insular beast, as Kerr’s normal FIFA award snubbings have affirmed, but a move to Lyon would place Australian football on the map as it never ever has been ahead of.

Only just getting into her physical peak, we all know Kerr has the talent to be the world’s greatest footballer. It is only the Champions League titles, FIFA awards and broader recognition that is nevertheless standing in her way.

The altering landscape of Division Feminine

Only a couple of years ago, a move to Lyon might nevertheless have been a retrograde step.

Such was the dominance of Lyon in the French tier that compared to the NWSL (nevertheless the most competitive league in female football), the level of all round competitors would have been a step down.

But now Lyon face stiff competitors from 1 of the richest clubs in the planet, Paris St Germain, who like most of Europe’s powerhouses are investing record amounts in female football.

Lyon are threatened and supposedly, a search for a prolific striker is on the cards.

How specifically Kerr would match in alongside fellow striker Hegerberg remains unclear, but the two have quite distinct asset bases and the Norwegian has practical experience playing alongside fellow strikers ahead of.

Whilst it remains merely a rumour, albeit 1 with increasing traction, the possibility of Kerr’s move to Lyon is an alluring 1 for Australian football.

It is about time the world’s ideal player was an Aussie.

WOMEN’S BALLON D’OR NOMINEES

Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia)
Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England)
Ellen White (Manchester City/England)
Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg/Sweden)
Amandine Henry (Lyon/France)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/United States)
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands)
Dzenifer Marozsan (Lyon/Germany)
Pernille Tougher (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark)
Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon/France)
Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)
Ada Hegerberg (Lyon/Norway)
Kosovare Asllani (CD Tacon/Sweden)
Sofia Jakobsson (CD Tacon/Sweden)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns/United States)
Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/United States)
Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands)
Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)
Wendie Renard (Lyon/France)
Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit/United States)

Whilst the ‘Kerr to Chelsea’ rumour has turn into so ingrained in the coversation relating to Australia’s mercurial striker this off-season that a lot of think it to be a fate accompli, these supposedly in the know are starting to wag tongues about Lyon.

Lyon would be as remarkable a coup for Kerr as it would be vice versa.

By far the historically strongest group in female football, the record-setting Lyonnais have won six Champions League titles, the final 13 Division 1 Feminine titles and consistently gone numerous years unbeaten across all competitions.

Their existing roster boasts no much less than a quarter of the Ballon d’Or nominees, like final year’s winner, Ada Hegerberg. Regardless of the relative development and league status of the Women’s Super League, Chelsea, for comparison’s sake, have none.

It is a move that would thrust Kerr front and centre of the female sporting planet, not just in Australia and the USA as she presently is, but in the spiritual residence of football.

Europe is an insular beast, as Kerr’s normal FIFA award snubbings have affirmed, but a move to Lyon would place Australian football on the map as it never ever has been ahead of.

Only just getting into her physical peak, we all know Kerr has the talent to be the world’s greatest footballer. It is only the Champions League titles, FIFA awards and broader recognition that is nevertheless standing in her way.

The altering landscape of Division Feminine

Only a couple of years ago, a move to Lyon might nevertheless have been a retrograde step.

Such was the dominance of Lyon in the French tier that compared to the NWSL (nevertheless the most competitive league in female football), the level of all round competitors would have been a step down.

But now Lyon face stiff competitors from 1 of the richest clubs in the planet, Paris St Germain, who like most of Europe’s powerhouses are investing record amounts in female football.

Lyon are threatened and supposedly, a search for a prolific striker is on the cards.

How specifically Kerr would match in alongside fellow striker Hegerberg remains unclear, but the two have quite distinct asset bases and the Norwegian has practical experience playing alongside fellow strikers ahead of.

Whilst it remains merely a rumour, albeit 1 with increasing traction, the possibility of Kerr’s move to Lyon is an alluring 1 for Australian football.

It is about time the world’s ideal player was an Aussie.

WOMEN’S BALLON D’OR NOMINEES

Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia)
Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England)
Ellen White (Manchester City/England)
Nilla Fischer (VfL Wolfsburg/Sweden)
Amandine Henry (Lyon/France)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/United States)
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands)
Dzenifer Marozsan (Lyon/Germany)
Pernille Tougher (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark)
Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon/France)
Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)
Ada Hegerberg (Lyon/Norway)
Kosovare Asllani (CD Tacon/Sweden)
Sofia Jakobsson (CD Tacon/Sweden)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns/United States)
Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/United States)
Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands)
Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)
Wendie Renard (Lyon/France)
Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit/United States)


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