The world of sports is slowly being dominated by women. Everywhere you look, women are taking over the field and making a name for themselves. One of the areas where women are standing tall against male-dominated fields is soccer.
In the past few years, there has been no doubt that the competition in the soccer field takes a whole new level of high. From 90 minutes passing, kicking, and scoring to unprecedented events in the history of soccer, the path to greatness certainly isn’t easy. Because of this, recognizing the best of the best is but essential.
The soccer world tends to hold women on a certain pedestal. But, whether it’s a goalkeeping or midfielder position, know that there are exceptional players that just keep topping the charts. Below are some of the best female soccer players of all time and their respective statistics.
Marta Vieira da Silva – Forward (Brazil)
Perhaps the most famous player on the field of all time, Marta is known not only by her first name but the numerous accolades she has under her belt. Playing under the national team of Brazil and the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League as a forward or an attacker, this famous 33-year-old scores .043 goals and bookings in 90 mins. Dubbed as ‘Pele in skirts,’ Marta has been named as the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year six times in a row and the Women’s World Cup all-time scoring leader.
Marta’s total number of goals since she started playing in 2008 is a whopping 139. She has also been present at 202 matches throughout her life and has played a total of 17,122 minutes.
Mia Hamm – Forward (USA)
Another player who has graced the field is Mia Hamm. Throughout her 17 years of playing soccer, this phenomenal woman has managed to score 158 goals in numerous international competitions. Having played since she was 15 years old, Hamm has been recognized for her prowess in the field, earning her the title of FIFA Women’s World Player for 2001 and 2002. She also won the World Cup in China in 1991 and again in 1999 in the USA.
In addition to the 158 goals scored over her lifetime, Hamm has also earned 275 caps as a player for the USA team. As an Olympian, Hamm obtained gold medals for both the 1996 and 2004 Olympics, bagging silver in 2000.
Abby Wambach – Forward (USA)
Another American player, Abby Wambach previously beat Mia Hamm’s goals, making a world record of her own by making 184 goals in total. Besides this, Wambach has played in 255 matches, where she provided 75 assists to her team.
A forward that knows how to give back to her beloved country, Wambach secured the gold for two of the most prestigious matches around the world – the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2015 World Cup in Canada. The player ended her career with an all-time high – a five-time Soccer Player of the Year award on top of her many accomplishments. You can say it’s a sweet victory for everyone involved.
Christine Sinclair – Forward (Canada)
Christine Sinclair is very much alive and kicking – and she certainly hopes to surpass Mia Hamm’s and Abby Wambach’s achievements in the field. Currently, the captain for the national Canadian team, this strong female presence on the field has commanded tons of recognition not just for her own skills, but also for her whole team. In 2012 and 2016, Sinclair helped secured the bronze medal for her team against London and Rio de Janeiro respectively.
To date, Christine Sinclair has played a total of 16,892 minutes throughout her 10-year run. With 194 games played and 81 goals scored, she looks to go beyond her current statistics and beat her own record – all at her own pace. Despite having a relatively long way to go, even Wambach believed that Sinclair is the one who could match or move beyond the records she herself has set, making Sinclair one for the books, as well.
The Bottom Line
Now that you have reached the end of this article, you might just be over your head knowing that female empowerment and prowess knows no bounds. Despite many debates about who the best players are in history, you’re sure that these four legends will make any list.