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Five standout women's football players from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to look out for this season

As the dust from Tokyo 2020 begins to settle, domestic leagues around the world are beginning and there is plenty of Olympic talent on show.
By Courtney Hill

Women's football at Tokyo 2020 delivered an unforgettable tournament as Canada claimed an historic gold.

Eighteen group games brought an unforgettable 74 goals, with new stars emerging and older ones continuing to shine.

After a brief break, players are now preparing for the domestic season back with their clubs - but who should you be looking out for?

Here are five standout players from the Games to keep an eye on in 2020/2021.

Hanna Bennison - Everton

Despite being just 18 years old, Hanna Bennison joined Everton from Swedish side FC Rosengård for a club-record transfer fee following the conclusion of the Olympics.

That money is testament to the talent she possesses, and while she predominately featured off the bench for Sweden in Tokyo, the game she did start against New Zealand saw her deliver an audacious ball over the top to assist teammate Madelen Janogy for the game-winning goal.

The talented youngster has developed into a between-the-lines midfielder that allows her to seamlessly transition from defence to attack; highly intelligent in her reading of the game, Bennison recognises when to make the pass and when to play it safe.

Although she is still developing, the super Swede could be the missing piece of the puzzle for Everton in their pursuit of the FA Women's Super League's elusive top three.

Everton paid a club-record fee to land Bennison's signature
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Vivianne Miedema - Arsenal

Vivianne Miedema has developed quite the knack for breaking records, both domestically and internationally.

Despite the Netherlands' quarter-final elimination at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Dutch dynamite still walked away as one of the names on everyone's lips - predominately due to her 10 goals in five games; the most scored at an Olympics ever.

Such a ratio has become expected of her, having become her nation's top scorer ever - men's or women's - in 2019.

It's a similar story at club level, where in 2020 Miedema became the first player to score 50 goals in the FA WSL when Arsenal thumped North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 6-1. The Dutchwoman bagged a hat trick.

The 25-year-old is so much more than a scorer, however. She also has the ability to drop deep and create - raising crowds to their feet in anticipation of every touch.

Miedema is currently the WSL's all-time top scorer 
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Barbra Banda - Shanghai Shengli

Barbra Banda had a more difficult job than most at Tokyo 2020, captaining the Zambian women's national team at 21 years old, in what was their first-ever Olympic appearance.

But she was more than up to the challenge. In their first two games, Banda became the first player to score two hat-tricks in a single women's Olympics.

Even though Zambia did suffer a later 10-3 defeat and a 4-4 draw, Banda and her team well and truly introduced themselves on the global stage.

Unsurprisingly, she scores for fun at club level too, going into the new season with Shanghai Shengli on the back of a golden boot campaign last season that saw her score 18 goals in 13 appearances.

Despite still being young, Banda is a naturally gifted goal scorer who plays with intelligence and composure beyond her years - and she goes into the new domestic campaign brimming with confidence as one of the most prolific forwards in the game.

Zambia caused a shock with their goal-scoring ability at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Fridolina Rolfö - FC Barcelona

Fridolina Rolfö was on of the Swedish players that stood a class above the rest in Tokyo, inspiring a free-flowing attack alongside teammates Stina Blackstenius, Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson.

The 27-year-old was unplayable down the left flank and came up clutch for her country in big moments; including two goals in a thrilling 4-2 group win over Australia, two assists in the quarter-final victory over hosts Japan, and a game-winning goal against Australia once again in the semi-finals.

And after a short spell with VfL Wolfsburg in Germany, Rolfö made the switch to join Spanish treble winners FC Barcelona.

Not only can fans look forward to seeing the Swedish forward dominate fullbacks in a new league, but she will also be linking up with the likes of the Netherlands' Lieke Martens and Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen; the latter arguably the best winger in the world right now.

As Barca look to replicate the form that led them to Champions League glory last season, the addition of Rolfö provides another dimension to their attack; and after her second place finish with Sweden in Tokyo, the chance for more silverware awaits in Spain.

Rolfö joined treble-winning Barça from German giants VfL Wolfsburg
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Marta - Orlando Pride

There's no telling when Brazil's Marta will decide to hang up her boots and retire - but when she does, she will do so as one of the greatest women's football players ever.

In Tokyo, she became the first player of any gender to score at five-consecutive Olympic Games. Teammate Formiga, meanwhile, played in her seventh straight Games.

And with Formiga's international retirement in the wake of Tokyo 2020 serving as a reminder that the greats can't play forever, now is the time to take the opportunity to see Marta's skills in the NWSL.

A leader on and off the pitch, she is a dictator of play and her tricky footwork makes her a nightmare for defenders to go up against. Not only does she have the agility and strength to cover the ground with ease, but her ability to pick a pass is unmatched.

Marta might be 35, but she plays like the same 21-year-old who lit up the 2007 World Cup.

A nod too must go to some of the other standout players from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including Canadian pair Ashley Lawrence and Jessie Fleming who were instrumental in their gold medal triumph, as well as Sweden's Stina Blackstenius who took her game to another level.