10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Best Female Footballers

Football is a game of fun and adrenaline rush, of excitement and chaos, and it requires skilled players who have great fitness and tenacity to maintain speed and action in the field for all the 90 minutes of it, without getting exhausted or impatient. Because of the kind of physical game that football is, it is most often considered a sport for the men, just like most sports that involve physical strength and fitness, football. In fact, it raises quite a few eyebrows even when a woman says that she enjoys watching the game, let alone playing it. But, the fact is, there are some tremendously skillful female football players who have made a huge contribution to the sport and put up some great shows for the football fanatics to remember. Let us look at some of the Best Female Footballers of all time.

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10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

1. Marta

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Brazilian female football forward Marta Vieira da Silva is a member of the Brazil women’s national football team and also plays for FC Rosengård of the Swedish highest division of women’s football league Damallsvenskan. Since 2002, Marta played for Brazil women’s team in 73 matches and achieved 82 international goals. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year five consecutive times from 2006 to 2010. She also achieved the second position in FIFA World Player of the Year three times and achieved the third position in FIFA World Player of the Year 2013. Marta achieved both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball and FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe in 2007. She was ranked in the 7th place in the list of Top 20 Female Athletes of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.

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2. Birgit Prinz

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Retired German female professional association football player Birgit Prinz played as the most prolific striker in German women’s national football team and also plays for 1. FFC Frankfurt of the German highest division of women’s football league women’s Bundesliga. She made 214 appearances from 1994 to 2011 for German national team and scored 128 goals, and made 227 appearances from 1998 to 2011 for 1. FFC Frankfurt and scored 259 goals. Birgit was named FIFA World Player of the Year three consecutive times from 2003 to 2005. She also reached the second position in FIFA World Player of the Year four times consecutively from 2007 to 2010. Birgit won the Golden Ball at 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and achieved the Silver Ball at 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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3. Mia Hamm

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Retired American female professional soccer player Mia Hamm played as the forward for the United States women’s national soccer team and also played for the Washington Freedom in United States top level professional women’s soccer league Women’s Professional Soccer. She made 275 appearances from 1987 to 2004 for United States national team and scored 158 goals, and made 49 appearances from 2001 to 2003 for Washington Freedom and scored 25 goals. Mia was named FIFA World Player of the Year two consecutive times from 2001 to 2002. She also achieved the second position in FIFA World Player of the Year two times consecutively from 2003 to 2004. Mia is the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

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4. Abby Wambach

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

American female professional soccer player Mary “Abby” Wambach currently plays for the United States women’s national soccer team and also plays for the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League. She made 226 appearances from 2001 for United States national team and scored 173 goals, and made 13 appearances from 2013 for Western New York Flash and scored 10 goals till date. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year 2012. She also achieved the second position in FIFA World Player of the Year 2013 and achieved the third position in FIFA World Player of the Year 2011. Wambach was awarded the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011. She was also named the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year 2011.

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5. Homare Sawa

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Japanese female professional soccer player Homare Sawa currently captains the Japanese women’s national soccer team and also plays for the INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Japanese Nadeshiko League. She made 196 appearances from 1993 for Japanese national team and scored 82 goals, and made 33 appearances from 2011 for INAC Kobe Leonessa and scored 6 goals till date. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year 2011. Homare was selected in Nadeshiko League Best Eleven a record 11 times and was named Nadeshiko League MVP twice. She won both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball and FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe in 2011. She was named EAFF Women’s Football Championship Best Player twice and became the AFC Women’s Player of the Year two times.

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6. Nadine Angerer

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

German female professional football goalkeeper Nadine Marejke Angerer currently captains the German women’s national soccer team and also plays for the Portland Thorns FC in the United States National Women’s Soccer League. She made 134 appearances from 1996 for the German national team and made 18 appearances from 2014 for the Portland Thorns. She went to the Brisbane Roar in loan in the 2014 Football season. Nadine was named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2013 and also became the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award in 2013. She led her team to victory of the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice consecutively in 2003 and 2007 and was named the Best goalkeeper at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nadine was also awarded the highest sports award in Germany Silbernes Lorbeerblatt.

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7. Cristiane

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Brazilian female professional soccer player Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva currently plays for the Brazil women’s national soccer team as a Forward and also plays for the WFC Rossiyanka in the Russian Women’s Premier League. She made 45 appearances from 2003 for Brazilian national team and scored 31 goals, and made 27 goals from 2009 to 2011 for her previous club Santos. Cristiane achieved third place in the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice consecutively in 2007 and 2008. She became the top scorer at the Copa LibertadoresFemenina two times in 2009 and 2012, and also became the top scorer at the SudamericanoFemenino 2006. Cristiane scored the most number of goals at 2004 Summer Olympics. She also led her team to the second place at 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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8. Sun Wen

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Retired Chinese female professional football player Sun Wen played as a Forward for the China women’s national football team and also for the Atlanta Beat of the world’s first women’s soccer league Women’s United Soccer Association. She made 152 appearances from 1990 to 2006 for Chinese national team and scored 106 goals, and scored 7 goals in 33 appearances from 2001 to 2002 for her previous club Atlanta Beat. Sun Wen gained third place in the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice consecutively in 2001 and 2002. She was voted the FIFA Female Player of the Century along with American Michelle Akers in 2002. Sun Wen achieved both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and became the first woman to be nominated for player of the year award by the Asian Football Confederation.

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9. Kristine Lilly

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Retired American female soccer player Kristine Marie Lilly played for the United States women’s national soccer team for 24 years as a prolific midfielder and also played for Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer league. She made 352 appearances from 1987 to 2010 for United States national team and scored 130 goals, and made 20 appearances from 2009 to 2011 for the Boston Breakers and scored 3 goals. Lily is now serving her duty as an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers since 2012. Lily ranked in the second place at the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2006. She led her team to the FIFA World Cup Champion in 1991 and 1999, and also achieved the FIFA World Cup Bronze three times in 1995, 2003 and 2007. She also won the Olympic Gold twice in 1996 and 2004.

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10. Tiffeny Milbrett

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

10 Best Female Footballers of All Time

Retired American female soccer player Tiffeny Milbrett played for the United States women’s national soccer team for 16 years as a prolific forward and also played for FC Gold Pride in Women’s Professional Soccer league. She made 204 appearances from 1991 to 2006 for United States national team and scored 100 goals, and made 40 appearances from 2009 to 2010 for the FC Gold Pride and scored 10 goals. Tiffeny ranked in the second place at the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2001. She is a member of the People to People Ambassador Programs and now also serves her duty as a coach at Northwest Soccer Camp. Tiffeny was named both the CONCACAF Offensive Player of The Year and the Chevrolet’s female athlete of the year in 2000.

Some of the other women who deserve a mention while talking about the best female footballers of all time are Renate Lingor of Germany, Christine Sinclair of Canada. It is safe to say that there are many female footballers who have created historic moments, and there are many more who are likely to rewrite history.