The World Cup was the finish to what was an incredible season for Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid Miedema, aka, Vivianne Miedema. The 23 year old striker lit up the Women’s Super League last season for Arsenal, and is continuing her form this season too. Miedema racked up 22 goals and ten assists in 20 games last season, making her the WSL top scorer by three goals. Furthermore, she’s well on her way to beating this tally in the current season, with 14 goals and eight assists in thirteen matches so far.
On top of this, Miedema was breaking records internationally. For the Netherlands, she became their all time top-goal scorer in the women’s game after netting two goals against Cameroon in the World Cup. Her tally internationally currently stands at 69 goals for the Oranje.
One of the coolest players in the women’s game, Miedema has shrugged off any forms of praise and compliments from media, fans and team-mates. She is a player focused simply on helping her team to victory, rather than being interested in her individual success. Speaking to Arseblog, the Arsenal fan site, she said in regard to awards, “I think we all know it’s about popularity and I don’t post much on Instagram and Twitter, so that’s probably what went wrong. I don’t really care about individual awards to be honest, but I think it’s a joke.”
After becoming the PFA player of the year last season, alongside Virgil van Dijk, Miedema was nominated for the Ballon d’Or. Upon receiving this news, she casually shrugged off the nomination, instead deciding to stay at home instead of going to the ceremony to focus on her next game for Arsenal. After being horrendously overlooked for the award, with Megan Rapinoe snatching it- despite only playing a handful of games for her club- Miedema seemed unfazed and, quite frankly, not bothered.
Miedema may not be a vocal presence off the field and make huge headlines, but she is a player that quietly goes about her business on the pitch. She goes on the field, does her job and helps her team to success. Miedema is the ultimate quiet genius, and whilst she may not want it, her success deserves to be recognised by all.