Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award on Thursday, edging out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Lucy Bronze took the women's prize.
Ada Hegerberg, Lucy Bronze and Amandine Henry underlined Lyon's dominance of European football by monopolising UEFA's shortlist.
New Zealand goalkeeper Erin Nayler is hopeful that the Ferns can do enough at the World Cup in France to help the women's game grow in a country where rugby dominates and football often struggles for media attention.
Champions League winners Lyon have completed the signing of Manchester City's Nikita Parris, who is set to star at this year's World Cup.
Record-breaking Paris Saint Germain midfielder Formiga, 41, has signed a contract extension through until June 2020, the French club said on Thursday.
Ada Hegerberg's star status on the world stage was confirmed as she won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or on Monday, and yet back home in Norway she also stands out for her ongoing absence from the national team ahead of the World Cup.
The Olympique Lyon manager beat Asako Takakura and Sarina Wiegman