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Sam Kerr is this year’s WSL Golden Boot winner.

The Australian striker scored her 21st goal of the season in Chelsea’s title-sealing win over Reading on Sunday, making her the league’s top scorer.

With numbers like that, it’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the season, Kerr had her fair share of detractors.

Some said she missed too many easy chances in front of goal, while others claimed that Kerr struggled to adapt to Chelsea’s playing style.

Both claims have surely been quieted by Kerr’s stellar performance on the pitch.

Not only is the Matilda a consistent goal scorer for the Blues, but alongside Fran Kirby, the two form one of soccer’s most dynamic on-field duos. Kirby herself finished third in scoring in the league with 16 goals. In the Reading game alone, Kerr assisted on Kirby’s brace, while Kirby returned the favor for Kerr’s goal. Their 37 combined goals this year is more than seven other WSL teams.

When Kerr isn’t linking up with Kirby or banging in goals, the Aussie is setting up the rest of her teammates. Kerr’s eight assists in her 22 appearances emphasize her role as an offensive playmaker and facilitator for Chelsea.

The Australian’s most recent Golden Boot trophy is her sixth in five years across various leagues, a feat that puts her squarely in the conversation of the best player in the world.

A Champions League final victory on Sunday against Barcelona would secure Kerr and her team’s place in the history books and add to an already record-breaking season.