BBC's Women's Footballer of the Year: Nadine Kessler

Whether they are individual or collective, Nadine Kessler has already garnered an impressive array of awards.

The 27-year-old German midfielder won the women's Champions League with Turbine Pottsdam in 2010 before moving to Wolfsburg in 2011, and as captain led them to unprecedented successive Champions League and Bundesliga title triumphs.

Last season, Wolfsburg also added the German Cup, becoming the second team to win the treble.

That success led to Kessler winning Uefa's Best Women's Player in Europe Awardexternal-link and, last December, the 2015 Fifa Women's Player of the Year prize, succeeding her Germany team-mate Nadine Angerer.

Kessler has represented her country at every level from the Under-15s upwards and has scored 10 goals in 29 games for the senior team.

She was part of the team that won the 2013 European Championship - a sixth consecutive title for Germany.

Nadine Kessler facts
Born: 4 April 1988Height: 1.69m (5ft 7in)
Position: Attacking midfielderNationality: German
Current club: Wolfsburg 2011-present (58 apps & 31 goals)International record: Germany 2010-present (29 apps & 10 goals)
Club achievements: Three Champions League titles; four Bundesliga titlesInternational achievements: 2013 European Championship winner; 2015 Fifa Women's Player of the Year

Despite a career which has been interspersed with injuries, the only prize missing from her trophy cabinet is the World Cup.

But after a knee operation in March, there are question marks over her fitness before this year's tournament in Canada.

Following her nomination, Kessler said: "I am very honoured to be nominated for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year Award.

"It is a special award because this time the fans are given the opportunity to vote for the players.

"For us football players the support of our fans is extremely important. That's why in Germany we call them the 12th person on the field."

Germany's Nadine Kessler in action for Wolfsburg
Kessler is battling with a knee injury in the build-up to the World Cup

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