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Beth Mead in Contention for Individual Honors

England striker Beth Mead sensationally scored her sixth goal of the Women’s European Championship in her side’s semi-final victory over Sweden. She is now being tipped to win several individual honors this year, including the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Mead’s goal against Sweden ensured she matched the record for the most individual goals at European Championship. Three of her six goals game came in a hat-trick against Norway in the group stages of the competition.

The Arsenal forward will be focusing on helping her country lift the trophy at Wembley this summer. They are the -138 favorites in the Women’s Euro 2022 betting odds. That will boost her chances of personal honors even further.

England are one of the popular latest tips on Women’s Euros as Mead and her teammates have flourished in front of their home supporters. As such, quite a few of their leading players have been stealing the front and back pages of newspapers around the world.

No female footballer in history has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, so it would be a big achievement if Mead would go on win the prize. She tops the betting ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Tyson Fury, Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy, who are all huge names in the world of sport.

Ballon d’Or Feminin Also a Possibility for Talented Mead

Given what she has achieved this summer, and the form she was in for Arsenal in the second half of the 2021/22 Women’s Super League campaign, Mead could be a contender for the 2022 Ballon d’Or Feminin.

The award, which was inaugurated in 2018, is given to the leading player in women’s football. Ada Hegerberg was the first winner in 2018, USA international Megan Rapinoe was crowned the winner in the in 2019, while in 2021, it went the way of Spain’s Alexia Putellas.

Mead’s England teammate, Bronze, was second in the Ballon d’Or Feminin vote in 2019. The Lionesses’ goalscoring streak at Euro 2022 is sure to have impressed many of the people who will be voting later this year.

Focus On Super League After Euros

Once she concludes her international duties at the European Championship, Mead will return to her domestic club, Arsenal, as she prepares for the 2022/23 Super League. Her side finished second last season behind champions Chelsea and will be looking to go one better.

Mead moved to Arsenal in 2017 from Sunderland, after coming through the amateur ranks at Middlesbrough. In her first season with the North London club, she won the Women’s League Cup and, a year later, she was part of the Gunners team which won the league title.

The former Super League Golden Boot winner plays her club football alongside Dutch star VivianneMiedema. Those two players are going to be a handful domestically and in the Champions League, next season.

Mead has shown for club and country that she is not just about personal glory. She is often praised for her work rate and being unselfish on the pitch. Whichever awards go her way this year, they will be fully deserved for a player who has transformed into a world superstar over the last 12 months.

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