This opinion piece is a little all over the place.
I would have preferred to see Miedema win this of course, but saying that Bronze isn’t as much of an influence is a little disingenuous when on her day she very much can be.
Saying in one paragraph that Rapinoe deserved it last year, and then saying Bronze doesn’t this year? Rapinoe’s win last year was laughable and in no way compares to this year.
Again it’s a popularity contest and it’s so difficult for other players to stand out in the media when players like Rapinoe spend more time attention seeking, Twitter warring with presidents, clothing line producing, and book promoting than playing.