Twice the FIFA World Player of the Year, she was part of the United States team that won the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and 1999 and the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and 2004. She is the second all-time leading scorer with 158 international goals and was one of just two women to be included in the FIFA 100 list.
Marta Vieira da Silva
Marta was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for five years straight beginning in 2006. She also helped Brazil finish runner-up in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot for the best player and top scorer in the tournament. She is currently tied for the all-time leading goalscorer with Brigit Prinz with 14 Women’s World Cup goals.
Abby Wambach has scored 167 international goals! She has played in three World Cups (finishing second once and third twice) as well as three Olympics (winning the gold medal all three times). She is also the first soccer player to win the AP Athlete of the Year award in 2013 and the first American woman to win the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Christine Sinclair currently is the third all-time lead scorer with 148 international goals and may have the time to surpass both Hamm and Wambach before she retires. She is also an eleven-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award and has been a nominee for the FIFA World Player of the Year award six times.
Michelle Akers won a Golden Boot in the 1991 Women’s World Cup for being the top scorer and in the same year, scored a mind-boggling 39 goals in just 26 international games. Akers received the FIFA Medal of Merit (FIFA’s highest possible honor) in 1998, was named the FIFA Female Player of the Century in 2002, and was amongst the only two women to be named in the FIFA 100 list in 2004.
Homare Sawa is one of the greatest female play making midfielders. She captained Japan to an Olympic silver medal in 2012 and the 2011 Women’s World Cup title, winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot for the MVP and leading scorer in the 2011 World Cup. Her legacy is further cemented by winning the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.
A three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Birgit Prinz is the most capped non-American soccer player. She led Germany to the World Cup title in 2003 and 2007 and has won three Olympic bronze medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. She is also tied for FIFA Women’s World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 14 goals.