Soccer is a kind of sport, which always has been considered for the men only. Soccer is a game of power and agility, where men compete with other equally strong men. They are not even afraid to get all dirty for the game. Over the years, things have been changed and women have proven that they are nothing less than men when it comes to the sport of soccer. Women have shown their strength and skill to handle the game properly and get the football to the goal for a score. Some female footballers have established themselves as famous and popular sports figures among the fans.
As the Women football world cup is going on, we have made a list of top 10 best female soccer players in the world. Let’s take a look at the list and give us your valuable opinion regarding top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
10 Best Female Soccer Players of all time:
10. Michelle Akers
The former leading American soccer player, Michelle Akers was the most important players for United States during the 1991 and 1999 Women’s world cup victory of USA. Between 1985-1990, Akers scored 15 goals in just 24 matches for USA national team. In the 1991 season, she also scored a record 39 goals in 26 games. 1991 was truly a golden year in her career as she was awarded the Golden boot with top score of 10 goals in 1991 Women’s world cup in China. Her name is inducted at the 10th place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
Michelle Akers was named as the FIFA Female Player of the Century and her name is also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Finally, she retired from the international football before the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is the second all-time leading goal scorers for US national team with 105 goals in her 153 appearances. She also made 37 assists and 247 points for the United States.
9. Homare Sawa
Homare Sawa is the former captain of the Japan women’s national soccer team. Currently, she plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1 besides Japanese national team. The attacking mid-fielder led her team to win the Gold medal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also won silver at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She makes her place at no 9 in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
Last year, Japan won the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with her incredible help with the team. Sawa scored 6 goals for INAC Kobe Leonessa in her 33 appearances for the club since 2011. She has also flourished her international football career by scoring 83 goals in 200 appearances since 1993. She is one of the most prolific female soccer player in the history of Japanese football.
8. Birgit Prinz
Birgit Prinz is a former German professional soccer player who played for 1. FFC Frankfurt besides her national team. She is considered as one of the most successful strikers in the history of German football.she grabs the second position at all-time leading top scorers in the FIFA Women’s World Cup with 14 goals (First is now Brazil’s Marta). Birgit Prinz was awarded the FIFA Player of the year in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She got retired from football on 12 August 2011.
Prinz has participated in five FIFA Women’s World Cups and four summer Olympics scoring a total 24 goals in 43 matches. During the 2003-2011, she scored a total of 136 goals in 114 caps for her club 1. FFC Frankfurt. She also scored 128 goals in 214 games for her national sides from 1994-2011. She is considered as one of the top female soccer players in the world.
7. Kristine Lilly
Kristine Lilly is a retired American female soccer player who played as a midfielder for her side. She was the most remarkable player for Boston Breakers in Women Professional Soccer league. Kristine Lilly played soccer for her national side for 24 long years and marked her name as the most capped soccer player for the United States national soccer team. We have considered her for the no. 7 place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
She took part in five FIFA Women’s World Cups and won the world titles twice in 1996 and 2004. She appeared in a record 352 matches for the United States with 130 goals in her career. Kristine Lilly used to wear the number 13 jersey in her national team, which is currently wore by Alex Morgan.
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6. Nadine Angerer
The recently retired German professional football goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer was the captain of the German National team. Last year on 13 January, Nadine was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year. She is the first soccer goalkeeper, male or female, to win this prestigious award from FIFA.
Nadine Angerer made her international debut in August 1996, in a match against the Netherlands. Nadine didn’t concede a single goal at 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, setting a record for most consecutive minutes played without conceding a single goal in the history of world cup for 540 minutes. She was named the best goalkeeper in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World cup. Her name is considered for the no. 6th place in the list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
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5. Sydney Leroux
Sydney Leroux is a Canadian-born American professional female soccer player. Besides her national team, she also plays for Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. At early ages, she represented Canada at various youth levels. Then she chose to play for the US Women’s national under-20 football team in 2008. She has been a regular member of United States national soccer team since 2012. Sydney Leroux won the gold medal for the national team in 2012 London Olympics.
She has scored 35 goals in 72 matches for her national side. Leroux has played for many different clubs in NWSL in US. For Seattle Reign FC, she scored 5 goals wearing 22 caps and for the Boston Breakers, she scored 11 goals in her 19 appearances. She is one of the best young potentials for the United States national soccer team.
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4. Abby Wambach
The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Abby Wambach is an American professional soccer player, who was named as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012. She has been playing for the national side since 2001. The forward is currently the all-time top goal scorer for the United States with 183 goals in 244 international appearances. At the club level, she also played for Washington Freedom, magic Jack and the Western New York Flash. She is currently in a contract with Seattle Reign FC, although she doesn’t plan to play in 2015 due the preparation for 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup.
She is the six-time winner of the US Soccer athlete of the Year and better known for scoring goals with diving header. The 2012 FIFA Women Soccer player of the Year was awarded to her and she became the first American woman to win that award in last ten years. Abby Wambach is one of the key players for US team in 2015 Women football world cup.
Marta da Silva is a famous Brazilian soccer player, who also plays for the Swedish club FC Rosengård. Marta was awarded the FIFA World female player of the year for five consecutive years between 2006-2010. Her name has been selected for the no. 3 place in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time. 2007 FIFA women’s world cup was quite significant for her as she won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in that soccer competition. She was the top scorer with seven goals and made numerous assists.
Marta scored a total 93 goals in her 94 appearances for the Brazil national team. For her current club FC Rosengård, so far she has scored 10 goals in 16 matches in 2014 season. She is one of the vital strength for Brazil in this 2015 Women’s world cup.
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2. Hope Solo
Hope Solo is an American soccer team goalkeeper and won two-times Olympic gold medals for the United States national team. She is the regular goalkeeper for the US national side since 2000. She is regarded as one of the best female goalkeeper in the world. Hope Solo is currently holding the US record for the most career shutouts. She has played club football for various teams such as Atlanta Beat, magic Jack, Seattle sounders women and currently in the Seattle Reign.
Her exceptional skill in goalkeeping was unleashed in 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup, while US defeated Brazil in the quarter-final penalty shoot-outs. Solo was awarded the Golden gloves in that tournament for her incredible performance. She stood at no. 2 in our list of top 10 best female soccer players of all time.
1. Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is a professional American soccer player, who plays as a striker for the United States female soccer team. Currently, she plays for the Portland Thorns FC, besides her national sides and we consider her as the best female soccer player of all time. Morgan represented the US national team at 2011 FIFA Women’s world cup only at 22 years of age, being the youngest ever for the national side. She scored the match-winning goal in 2012 London Summer Olympics, where they beat Canada to reach the final.
Alex Morgan has played a total 85 games for her national side and scored 51 goals. As in club career, she scored 14 times in 33 appearances for the Portland Thorns FC. 2012 was a remarkable season for Alex Morgan as her 28 goals and 21 stunning assists which makes her the sixth youngest US player to score 20 goals in a single calendar year. Subsequently, her name was inducted as the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year 2012 and FIFA Player of the Year. She is indeed the best female soccer player in the modern era of football. In our list, Alex Morgan is the no. 1 best soccer player in the world.