Earps wins Best Women's Goalkeeper at FIFA's The Best awards
Manchester United Women goalkeeper Mary Earps has been named 'Best Women's Goalkeeper' at FIFA's The Best awards this year.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a whirlwind twelve months for both club and country level, having claimed the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 with England last summer.
Earps kept four clean sheets and conceded just two goals during the Lionesses' superb campaign, resulting in the side's 2-1 win over Germany at Wembley in front of over 87,000 fans.
Marc Skinner's Reds are currently top of the WSL, having conceded just seven goals domestically so far, in an impressive start to the 2022/23 campaign.
Beating off strong competition in the way of Ann-Katrin Berger of Chelsea and Christiane Endler of Lyon, Mary has enjoyed quite the rise from her days as a youth player with Leicester City.
Having been with United Women since 2019, she has firmly made the number one spot her own, with manager Marc Skinner recently stating he ''would not swap Mary for another goalkeeper in the world''.
Known for her sharp reflexes, impressive distribution and experience in the game, it's just reward for Earps as she looks to claim further silverware with the Reds this season.
Our 1-0 win over Reading last month saw her clinch 50 shut-outs in the WSL, making her the first goalkeeper to achieve such a feat in the competition.
Mary's recent performances also helped her win our inaugural women’s Player of the Month award too, as she continues to go from strength-to-strength.
Upon receiving her award, Earps said: "Thank you to everyone who vote for me. I feel honoured to be holding this trophy. I just want to say thank you so much to my loved ones who have picked me up off the kitchen floor to be here today.
"Thank you so much to all of my team-mates, without them this wouldn't be possible. The coaching staff at Manchester United and England but particularly Ian Wilcock and Darren Ward.
"Anyone who has ever been in a dark place, just know that there's light at the end of the tunnel. keep going. You can achieve anything you put your mind to. Sometimes success looks like this, collecting trophies, sometimes it's just waking up and putting one step in front of the other. There's only one of the you in the world, and that's more than good enough. Be unapologetic for yourself. Thank you everyone."
Congratulations on your award, Mary!