Friday 20 September 2019, 07:17

Morgan, in the words of others

  • Alex Morgan won the adidas Silver Boot at France 2019

  • She is vying with Lucy Bronze and Megan Rapinoe for The Best FIFA Women’s Player

  • spotlights the Morgan plaudits over the past year

“When we watch Alex Morgan play the game she loves, it’s easy to see why she’s performing at such an extraordinary level. She’s fast, strong and fearless. Alex continues to add so much confidence and variety to her game. It should also excite us to know that she’s playing the best soccer of her career.” Mia Hamm

“She’s an awesome role model. She’s been at the top for years, scored so many goals, won so many awards. But in every single training session she sets the standard. She never stops, is always trying to push on, to improve. That’s amazing for us younger players to look up to. She drives the entire squad.” Lindsey Horan

“Probably her service that she gets. No, I’m kidding. She’s very difficult to deal with. She’s a very willing runner, always in and around the box. Clinical finisher. She’s evolved [from a Baby Horse] into a full-on stallion.” Megan Rapinoe on why Morgan is so prolific

"You can tell why she's the best in the world at what she does. She loves detail. In training, she is always asking questions, wanting to know how she can help her team and make herself better. She wants to be challenged. She wants to get better every day. She's a tremendous person as well.” Marc Skinner, Orlando Pride coach

“She’s known for her pace, but she offers so much more. Her movement is excellent. Great finisher. And she has that good connection with her team-mates.” Lucy Bronze

"She's the face of the team and of the sport in the United States. She is the rare example of a soccer player who has transcended her own sport to hold a place in mainstream culture. Women's soccer fans are an especially passionate group and Alex Morgan is easily the most beloved player of all. When she walks by fans, the shrieking you hear is at a volume several decibels higher than for anyone else." Caitlin Murray, football author

“I have so much admiration for her – on and off the field. She’s a big-game player. She makes opponents fear her every game. She’s relentless. What matters most to her is not [individual] praise, but her team winning.” Abby Wambach

“She’s obviously grown as a player, as a person, as a leader. She’s scored a lot of goals in this tournament, but I think what people should talk about more is the amount of defensive work and just doing exactly what the game plan is asking her to do, which maybe sometimes is being the one who isn’t [scoring].” Kelley O’Hara

“She consistently proves why she’s one of the top strikers in the world. She scores goals, she sets up goals. And she works so hard defensively. Panics defenders, forces mistakes.” Abby Dahlkemper

“Alex’s finishing is world-class. Everyone knows her qualities. But there’s so much more that sets her apart [from other elite players]. She’s one of the best defensive forwards I’ve ever seen. She works so hard – on the pitch, in training. It’s infectious. There’s this constant desire and drive to get better. She watches film, works on things. She inspires those around her.” Jill Ellis