The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WITH one eye on the World Cup, re­cently re­tired Ger­man in­ter­na­tional Celia Sa­sic added another tro­phy to her col­lec­tion this week be­ing named UEFA’s best women’s player in Europe, a fur­ther re­minder of what the game is los­ing.

While a num­ber of high pro­file play­ers de­cided to hang up their boots post

was Canada, for me Sa­sic call­ing it quits the big­gest loss.

She was top scorer in the Cham­pi­ons League, which Frank­furt won, the Bun­desliga and at the World Cup. Sa­sic was, and is, a class act.

When she an­nounced she was re­tir­ing she drew com­par­isons to Michael

sport Jor­dan’s first re­tire­ment, leav­ing the at the top. While I un­der­stand why she wanted to end her ca­reer, it’s a real shame that we won’t get to see her in the Su­per League.

How im­pres­sive a sign­ing would that have been had the Chelsea ru­mours been true? Although any­one who has seen the cur­rent form of Fran Kirby would ar­gue the Lon­don­ers al­ready have their own su­per­star striker and then some.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

CLASS ACT: Celia Sa­sic, left, and Eng­land’s Demi Stokes in ac­tion

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