In recent years, as women's football has flourished, people and fans have been paying more attention to the records of women footballers. So today in this article, we will introduce you to the women's world cup top scorers of all time.
Given the not-so-long history of women's soccer, it is completely natural that their list of records is shorter than that of men. But the important point is that women soccer players, despite all intentional and unintentional obstacles, continue their efforts in their own field to be named on the top list of the world and at the same time, help their clubs to be acknowledged in the world of football. When we talk about women's football, we have to put aside our gender stereotypes and analyze them with a professional approach. These women athletes try as hard as men, they are even more determined. For these women, gender is not an obstacle to falling behind their goal. Women's football is active and dynamic at all levels, but in the meantime, the performances and talents of these women in the World Cup are more evident than in any other competitions. Women footballers have opportunities to show their sportive abilities and be included in the list of the best in the world, regardless of their nationality.
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after our brief preface, it is time to move on to our list of
women's world cup top scorers of all time
. Totally, There are 373 goalscorers for the 917 goals scored at the 8 editions of the World Cup final tournaments.
The 34-year-old Brazilian striker-the greatest female footballer of all time, is the first female footballer on our list of
women's world cup top scorers of all time
. Marta Vieira da Silva was born on 19 February 1986 in Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil. The Brazilian female coach -Helena Pacheco- discovered Marta as she was 14 years old, so to start she joined the CSA youth team in 1999 and later on, she took a more serious step and joined Vasco da Gama in 2000. By playing in different clubs in different countries, she gradually found her way and style as a real forward. She is quick and speedy and more importantly capable of playing in several offensive positions. Due to her exceptional skill on the ball, she is often compared to Ronaldinho, Romário, and also Pelé. It is safe to say that, Marta is the real manifestation of the ability and success of women footballers. she is the first footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions. She is also chosen as FIFA's Best Women Player and won the Golden Boot there times in 2009, 2010, 2011. Marta also has been chosen as the FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being continuous (from 2006 through 2010). Marta is number one on the list of the
Leading goal scorers in women's world cups of all time
, she has been through five women's world cups in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 and scored 17 goals.
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Our second footballer on our list of the women's world cup top scorers of all time is Brigit Prinz from Germany. Birgit Prinz was born on 25 October 1977 in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany. In 1986 She started her football career as a striker in SV Dörnigheim FC and after almost five years she could break intoBundesliga
and made her debut for FSV Frankfurt and during that time Prinz won two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups and named the Bundesliga top scorer. After almost two successful decades she announced her retirement on 12 August 2011 and since then, She works as a sport psychologist for the men's and women's teams of 1. Bundesliga clubTSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Birgit Prinz won the Silver ball in 2007 and she is also a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, and Second all-time leading goalscorer Women's Olympic Football Tournament with 10 goals. In 1995 She named UEFA Women's Championship Golden Player. Prinz is number two on the list of the Leading goal scorers in women's world cups of all time, she has been through five women's world cups 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and scored 14 goals.
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An American retired soccer player is our third
women's world cup top scorers of all time
. Mary Abigail Wambach was born on June 2, 1980, in Rochester, New York, U.S. She started her sports life at the age of four, as she had grown up among four brothers she became so competitive and tough, While playing in her first youth soccer league at age five, she was moved from the girls' team to the boys' after scoring 27 goals in only three games.
Later on, to start her professional career she joined Our Lady of Mercy High School as she was fourteen. Going through some medium-level clubs, in 2002 she had picked up second during the first round of the 2002 WUSA Draft by the Washington Freedom for the second season of the Women's United Soccer Association. She stayed there for one year and then continue her football career in other clubs includingAjax American Women
, magicJack and, Western New York Flash.
As a prolific forward, her professional career life is full of honors. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a FIFA Women's World Cup champion, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, a six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and is also second in international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals, 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2015. Abby Wambach is the third on the list of the
women's world cup all-time top goal scorers,
she has been through four women's world cups in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and scored 14 goals.
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The Gloden Shoe winner in 1991, is the next footballer on our list of the women's world cup top scorers of all time. Michelle Anne Akers was born on February 1, 1966, in Santa Clara, California, U.S. She had started her football at Shorecrest High School and due to her physical strength and aggressiveness, she soon named an All-American three times during her high school career. She followed up her interest in football at university, as she got accepted in the University of Central Florida on a scholarship, she was chosen as a four-time NCAA All-American. She was Central Florida's Athlete of the Year in 1988–89, was the all-time leading scorer in UCF history and, won the Hermann Trophy in 1988 as the nation's top college soccer player.
To start her professional football she joined Tyresö FF in 1990 and remained there until her early retirement in 2000. Her fascinated performances as a midfielder entitled her one of the greatest female soccer players of all time, she is FIFA Female Player of the Century in 2002, the U.S. national team's second all-time leading scorer with 105 goals. Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm are the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players that were selected by Pelé and approved by FIFA for their 100th anniversary.Michelle Akers is the fourth on the list of the
highest goal scorers in women's world cup history
, she has been through three women's world cups in 1991, (1995), 1999, and scored 12 goals.
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Sun Wen was born on April 6, 1973, in Shanghai, China. She is a retired Chinese footballer who was the captain of China women's national football team and her name is listed as one of the
women's world cup top scorers of all time
. Her father was a recreational soccer player, he used to take her to watch men's matches, a regular activity that inspired Sun to become a footballer. She began playing football around the age of ten. To start her professional football career she joined Atlanta Beat and played there from 2001 to 2002 and meanwhile, she won the FIFA Female Player of the Century. She was the first overall pick of the WUSA's Inaugural Draft. Later on, she joined Shanghai SVA and played there until her retirement. Due to injury reasons, Sun retired again after winning AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2006. During her professional life as a forward, she was acknowledged as one of the all-time greats of the women's game. Her list of honors are so much inspiring, she won both the Golden Ball (top player) and Golden Boot (top scorer) for her performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. Sun is also one of three women to have played all of China's 15 matches in its three World Cup appearances and the first woman to be nominated for the Asian Football Confederation player of the year award. Sun Wen is the fifth on the list of the highest goal scorers in women's world cup history, she has been through four women's world cups in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and scored 11 goals.
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The Top scorer at the Summer Olympics history, is our sixth women's world cup top scorers of all time. Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva was born on 15 May 1985 in Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil. Passing through her junior levels, She started her career at the local football clubs São Bernardo and later on in Clube Atlético Juventus. Cristina as a forward has the experiences of playing in different clubs in different countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, the United States, Russia, and South Korea. She could break into the Brazil Under-19 team at the age of 15 and by playing as a member of the Brazil team in the Olympic football tournament in Athens 2004, she proved herself as a talented female footballer, in that tournament Cristiane was honored as the tournament's top scorer along with Germany's Birgit Prinz.
In all her active years as a professional soccer player, Cristine achieved several top-level honors, she was part of Brazil's silver medal-winning teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic football tournaments, she was voted as the third-best player of the tournament in the 2007 Women's World Cup, she won the Third place FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2007, 2008 and chosen theTop scorer at the Sudamericano Femenino in 2006. Cristine Rozeria- who has opened up as a lesbian soccer player- is the sixth on the list of the
women's world cup top goal scorers ever
, she has been through five women's world cups in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and scored 11 goals.
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Bettina Wiegmann was born on 7 October 1971 in Euskirchen, West Germany. She had started her professional football career in TSV Feytal in 1974 at the junior level. For almost a decade she played as a midfielder at junior level and later on, as a more professional player joined 1. FC Köln in 1988. For three years she stayed at Koln and then joined Boston Breakers and once again after just one year, she returned to Koln and played there till her retirement. Bettina was not only a prolific player at the club's level, she was considered as one of the best German National team, she could score 51 goals in 154 caps for the Germany national team between 1989 and 2003. In 1997, she was selected German Female Footballer of the Year and FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003, also she managed to achieve a bronze medal with the Germany National team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Bettina Wiegmann is the seventh on the list of the women's world cup top goal scorers ever, she has been through four women's world cups in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and scored 11 goals.
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Canada's greatest soccer player of all time is our eighth women's world cup top scorers of all time. Christine Margaret Sinclair was born on June 12, 1983, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. She had grown up in a footballer family, Her father Bill Sinclair , and uncles Brian and Bruce Gant were all Canadian amateur soccer champions, Her father Bill played for the University of British Columbia and the New Westminster Blues in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.
At the age of four, she started playing football in an under-7 team, and shortly after her debut she was chosen to British Columbia's under-14 girls' all-star soccer team at age 11 and help club team Burnaby Girls Soccer Club to six league titles, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes. Having finished school, she continued her passion for football at college level, in 2001 she joined the University of Portland and during her debut season, She recorded 23 goals and eight assists and became leading all first-year students in NCAA Division and named freshman of the Year by Soccer America.
Since 2006, as she joined FC Gold Pride, her football life has become more serious and professional. Before joiningPortland Thorns
- her current team- she had also played Western New York Flash. This fast and accurate striker as one of the foremost women soccer players in history, could be a role model for many young girls, her list of honors is full of such astonishing achievements, she is A CONCACAF champion, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist, a 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, the world's all-time leader for international goals scored for men or women with 186 goals, the most-capped active international footballer with 296 caps, the second footballer of either sex to score at five World Cup editions, preceded by Marta. Christine Sinclair is the eighth on the list of the
women's world cup leading scorers of all time,
she has been through five women's world cups in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and scored 10 goals.
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Carli Anne Hollins was born on July 16, 1982, in Delran Township, New Jersey, U.S. She began playing soccer at age of five, according to her mother since her early years of childhood, she showed her inner football talents that promised her glorious future as a female footballer. In 2001, she attended Rutgers University and till 2004 played for the Scarlet Knights women's soccer team and as a striker/midfielder she named First-Team All-Big East for four continuous years and named the Soccer America's All-Freshman.
After her college, she had the privilege to play in some famous top-level clubs includingChicago Red Stars
( loan), and Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She is currently playing forSky Blue FC.
As a professional footballer who can both play as a striker and midfielder, she is known for her control, technique, and passing accuracy and her ability to get into good attacking positions.
During her professional active football life, she was honored as the two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion (2015 and 2019), the two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, and 2016). Also, She won the Golden Ball Trophy as the best player of the tournament and, earned the Silver Boot for her six goals and one assist during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015. Carli Lloyd is ninth on the list of the women's world cup leading scorers of all time, she has been through four women's world cups in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019 and scored 10 goals.
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The last footballer on our list of women's world cup leading scorers of all time, is Heidi Mohr, the former German footballer. Heidi Mohr was born on May 29, 1967, in Weinheim, West Germany. At her time, she was considered one of the best forwards ever. Her first team at the professional level was TuS Niederkirchen. After almost a decade she left Tus and later joined TuS Ahrbach and 1. FFC Frankfurt.
She had played as a forward and was the top scorer in the Bundesliga for 5 consecutive years from 1991 to 1995. Before her retirement, she named Europe's Footballer of the Century. At the national level, she was Germany's all-time top scorer until Birgit Prinz overtook her in 2005. Heidi Mohr passed away on February 7, 2019, at the age of 51. She is the tenth on the list of the women's world cup top scorers of all time, she has been through two women's world cups in 1991, 1995 and scored 10 goals.