Speaking exclusively to Snack Media, Arsenal Women’s striker Vivianne Miedema has delivered an honest verdict on what she hopes her legacy in football will be.
But despite her incredible goal-scoring achievements and personal accolades, Miedema was quick to insist that she hopes people remember her for being a “good teammate” when she hangs up her boots.
⚽️ 10 goals
🅰️ 6 assists
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She said: “To be honest, I just want to be remembered as a good teammate. I think that for me, is the most important thing. Then if you see the young girls growing up right now, and they want to play like Miedema or want to play like Beth Mead, you want to be that example that stands out for them.
“Obviously, the easiest way for me is to score goals, which I’m luckily not doing too bad right now. Like I say, I just want to be the best teammate that I can, and I hope that people will always remember me for the way I used to play.”
If Miedema continues on the trailblazing path that she is on, a Women’s Ballon d’Or will surely be on the horizon. She was a nominee for the award in 2019, and came in fifth place, with USA’s World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe taking home the coveted prize.
But as the Dutch forward alludes to, not everything is about the personal achievements or the prizes on offer. Her insistence on being remembered as a great teammate and role model really captures how she still has her feet on the ground, and that is a trait that will no doubt stand her in good stead over the course of her career.
She may have been fifth last year, but Miedema is well on the path to being named the world’s best player sooner rather than later.
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