Lucy Bronze, one of the legends of women’s football, has been a regular for England since her debut in 2013. She has played in multiple positions, but is best known as a marauding right-back. Born into a bilingual Portuguese-English family in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bronze faced a discrimination case when FA regulations prevented her from continuing to play for the boys’ team she was a part of. Despite this setback, Bronze continued her football journey.
In secondary school, Bronze played at youth level for Blyth Town and Sunderland. She then joined the senior squad of Sunderland, winning the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division in 2008/09. After that, Bronze went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US to play for their team, the Tar Heels. This path would later be followed by future Lionesses Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy.
After returning to England to complete her sports science degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, Bronze started her senior career with Everton in 2010. She then transferred to Liverpool, where she won back-to-back Women’s Super Leagues. In 2014, Bronze moved to Manchester City and won the league title and the FA Cup in 2016. She then moved to Lyon in France and achieved incredible success, winning the Champions League, three consecutive league titles, two domestic cups, and finishing as a runner-up in the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Bronze returned to Manchester City before making a final move to Barcelona last summer, where she won the league title and Champions League in her debut season.
Bronze is a highly respected member of the England national team with 105 caps to her name. She is also known for her popular Instagram account for her West Highland Terrier Narla. Interestingly, if football had not worked out for her, Bronze reportedly planned to become an accountant, following in the footsteps of her math teacher father.
Lucy Bronze’s journey in football is a testament to her talent and dedication. From facing discrimination to achieving success at both the club and international level, Bronze has established herself as one of the greatest players in women’s football. She continues to inspire young athletes and pave the way for future generations in the sport.