Kadeisha Buchanan was this morning announced Canada Women’s Player of the Year for the third time in the past six seasons.
It’s no real surprise after she collected her fourth UEFA Champions League winner’s medal when playing for her club side Olympique Lyonnais in their final victory over German club VfL Wolfsburg in August.
Central defender Buchanan (25) edged out record times winner Christine Sinclair and finished ahead of Janine Beckie, Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema, who all made the top five.
As well as her success in the UEFA Champions League, in 2020, Buchanan was part of the successful CONCACAF Olympic qualifying bid in which she earned her 100th cap, won her fourth Championnat de France and was nominated for the UEFA Team of the Year.
That she also won the Coupe de France means she accomplished the same treble of national title, national cup win and UEFA Champions League success as Alphonso Davies did in the men’s game.
Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach had this to say, “For Kadeisha to have played an integral part in her fourth UEFA Champions League speaks to one of her many accomplishments and contributions to both club and country in which she should be very proud.
“It has been a fantastic season for Kadeisha and it has been great to see her performances and the goals she has scored, too.
“She has world-class qualities that any country would be proud to have and she is a highly-valued member of the squad both on and off the pitch, so we are thrilled for her personally in receiving this well-deserved recognition. As a team, to know you have a centre back that opposing forwards hate to play against, it fills the group with confidence.”