Vivianne Miedema: Arsenal's reluctant star

Miedema won the Women's Footballer of the Year award.

Miedema is rarely out of the headlines but she still finds it hard to be in the spotlight.

The Dutch forward, who joined the club as a 21-year-old, has broken a number of records on her way to becoming one of football's most prolific goalscorers.

Miedema has now been named the 2021 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

At the age of 25, she reflected on a decade of life as a professional footballer, from growing up idolising ex-Arsenal and Netherlands player Robin van Persie, to becoming both the Dutch and Women's Super League all.

I hope someone in the Netherlands looks up to me.

Miedema kicked a football when she was five years old. She was born in the Netherlands and grew up with her brother and parents. Her dad and grandad both played football, with her current playing for Velez. She has a lot of football in her blood.

I looked up to Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt when I was younger. I didn't know much about women's football.

For little girls, they know me and Sam Kerr. They have women's players as idols.

I want to see someone in the Netherlands say that they are going to break her record.

My family has always supported me playing football. For them to be there all the time, I really appreciate it.

Enjoy it, be free and live in the moment.

Since signing her first professional deal, Miedema has come a long way. Her parents had to sign the contract for her when she was just 14 years old. She became the youngest ever player in the league when she came off the bench to score two goals in a win.

Since that day, Miedema has won two German titles, a WSL trophy, broken Nikita Parris' all-time WSL scoring record, and made history for the most goals scored at a single Olympic Games.

I had a couple of years in the early days of my career when I wasn't able to enjoy football.

I would tell 14-year-old me to enjoy it more. To live in the moment and not care about what is happening off the pitch.

It's difficult to fully enjoy what you're doing but I would tell you to just enjoy it and be free.

I think that was helped by lockdown. The excitement was back to play football, to be back on the pitch, and to be back in a stadium with the fans.

"I needed to switch off mentally and get fit, that helped me through the busy season last year."

A star who hates the spotlight.

Miedema has scored more than 100 goals for the team.

Miedema does not thrive under the spotlight and has never done so. Her low-key goal celebrations date back to her childhood.

She scored five goals and had two assists in a win against a first division club who had former Ajax forward Richairo Zivkovic and Rangers player Juninho Bacuna in the starting line-up. She has more than 300 career goals after a decade of playing professional football.

I've not taken the time to appreciate it all. I hope that doesn't happen after my career, but I'll just move on and be awkward with everything.

"My team-mates were laughing at me because they knew that I was awkward on the pitch."

I got a bit overwhelmed, something like this always comes as a surprise.

There is a really exciting future for women's football.

The FA has a new three-year strategy to grow the women's game. The FA is aiming for an average attendance of 6,000 for the WSL this season, with record viewing figures recorded for the broadcasts. Wembley Stadium is set to host a record crowd for the Euro 2022, the final.

We've been fighting for this for a long time and it's exciting to be a part of it.

It's really exciting to see the leagues grow in Europe. The Euros is going to be a big event this summer.

It shines the light on women's football, which we all need. I'm excited to see where it's going and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Miedema won the Women's Footballer of the Year in 2021.