We’re profiling every of the 5 nominees for the BBC Ladies’s Footballer of the 12 months 2018 award. You’ll be able to see all their profiles, learn full phrases and vote here to your favorite on-line till 08:00 GMT (09:00 BST) on Tuesday, eight Might. The winner can be revealed on Tuesday, 22 Might throughout Sport Right this moment on BBC World Service from 18:30 GMT (19:30 BST), on BBC World Information and on the BBC Sport web site.
Age: 25 Place: Midfielder/Ahead Performs for: FC Barcelona Femeni and Netherlands
Snapshot of 2017: Helped Netherlands win Euro 2017, scoring three targets in match and being named Participant of the Match
Do you know?
- Martens was named Finest Fifa Ladies’s Participant in 2017 and Uefa Ladies’s Participant of the 12 months for 2016-17
- She has scored 38 targets for the Netherlands, together with within the Euro 2017 closing after they beat Denmark 4-2
- She is right-footed however prefers to play on the left wing
- She is learning Spanish and taking a Masters in Sport Administration
“The previous 12 months have been a tremendous time for me, being nominated for this award is a giant honour. I am actually happy with it however I wish to look forwards as effectively as a result of I will do my finest to be a greater footballer.”
In her personal phrases: Ponytails, tips & house assist
As a child I all the time dreamed about taking part in for Barcelona, I used to be a giant fan of Ronaldinho. I all the time watched his clips after which I went into the backyard and tried these tips, after all they did not work each time however I simply saved going.
I wished to problem myself to be a greater footballer and I actually watched quite a lot of him. I actually favored his ponytail as a result of I used to be a lady and he had a ponytail which was cool!
I began to play soccer once I was 5 and I nonetheless take pleasure in taking part in soccer – I’ve enjoyable each single day.
I believe additionally it is a privilege that I generally is a skilled soccer participant, I dreamed about it and as a child I all the time mentioned it. I am unable to see a life with out soccer.
I am all the time searching for challenges in my life, I’ve been dwelling away from my dad and mom since I used to be 15 as a result of I wish to be the most effective footballer I may be.
My associates would exit to events and I’d keep house, I felt I’ve expertise and I wished to make use of it.
This 12 months all the pieces has come by means of for me so it is as much as me to proceed doing what I’ve been.
Successful the Euros in my house nation, in entrance of a house crowd, was unbelievable. We by no means anticipated so many individuals can be so completely satisfied to look at girls’s soccer, we felt quite a lot of assist and it gave us quite a lot of power.
I all the time have new targets, I really feel I’m bettering right here in Barca, I wish to be a champion profitable La Liga.
Qualifying for the World Cup is admittedly necessary for the Netherlands and to qualify for the Olympics as effectively.