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Sam Kerr: ‘I was total crap in my first season as a footballer’ | Richard Parkin

On the eve of the Women’s World Cup, the Matildas captain talks about her initial reluctance to embrace the game after growing up with a different-shaped ball

“When I first changed to football it wasn’t exciting for me, I was taken away from something I loved, and that sucked.” It’s a startling admission from any professional footballer, let alone one at the very top of the global game. Recently voted the second best female player on the planet in a Guardian poll, Sam Kerr has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years, winning four consecutive golden boot awards across two continents.

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