But now the 30-year-old has left Manchester City to join Primera Division winners Barcelona, who won all 30 league games last season. The sister club of the famous Barcelona men’s team were Champions League winners in 2021 and runners-up this year.
Bronze has now played for some of the best teams in the world – including Liverpool and Lyon – and also has 87 caps for England. She was named the best female footballer in the world by FIFA in 2020.
Former £8m Sunderland midfielder favourite for Birmingham City job despite little managerial experience
Sunderland AFC transfer news: Black Cats have no interest in ex-AC Milan and Chelsea man as 2,300 fans vote on transfer
Nine strikers Sunderland could try to sign this summer - including Leeds United, Aston Villa and Tottenham youngsters
Former Sunderland and Crystal Palace striker spotted in-action for Championship side Reading
Sunderland’s Championship rivals Birmingham City sack Lee Bowyer as manager as Black Cats begin pre-season preparations
Barcelona confirmed the signing on Twitter, posting a picture of the England right-back in her new kit with the caption: “Some colours that look great on you @LucyBronze”.
She passed a medical at Hospital de Barcelona on Saturday morning, and signed on a free transfer shortly after.
A former pupil of the Duchess’s High School in Alnwick, Bronze told the Barcelona website: “I’m very happy to play for a club like FC Barcelona, one of the biggest teams in the world.
"I really want to start working with the team. After a couple of conversations, you can’t say no to Barça.”
A spokesman for Barcelona said: “She is an extremely fit and skilful right-back, with a strong shot and accurate crossing ability.
"After her first day at Barça, she will be returning to join the England camp, which is the host nation of the forthcoming European Championship.”