Best Female Footballers in the World in 2021

Thu 08 July 2021 | 7:30

Though most football fans follow men's football, the games accompanied by women are so enjoyable. Through the following article, we have presented the list of the best female footballers in the world in 2021, the ones that have proved beauty and football as two ideal companions.

In addition to several differences between male's and female's football, in related points to the sport, the number of their followers is also different. Though the popularity of women's football is not as much as the one for men's, it continues to become more universalized around the sports world.

By the improvement, FIFA has announced the enlargement of the Women's World Cup to 32 teams through the next edition in 2023. The news that comes from the announcement has also reported an increment in the amount of the prize money. 

The female heroes from various countries have had performances by which they have earned a high-level position for their team in the football world. For instance, the United States Women's National Team, known as USWNT, defended the Women's World Cup champions two times.

There is no surprise how they have trained some of the most recognized and outstanding players. Brazil is one of the other poles in the Women's football world, which raised various of the most well-known footballers.

Within today's article, we have listed the top 10 best female soccer players in 2021 who have played in different positions are from diverse teams. Keep reading till the end of the article to know more about these successful women.

Despite getting many negative criticisms through unfair comparisons with male football players, they have continued their profession and brought their names amongst the tops in the Women's football world. 

Taking a Look at the List of the Best Female Footballers in the World in 2021

Within the article, we have made a list of the best female soccer players in the world right now. Through the list, we have prepared a brief review of each of these prominent soccer players and described their brilliant performances, which have led them to be a member of the best female footballers in the world in 2021. So, without further ado, let's go through the facts of these astonishing women.  

Wendie Renard

  • Age: 30

  • Nationality: French

  • Current Team: Lyon

  • Position: Center-back

Amongst the

best female soccer players in the world right now

, Wndeleine Therese


from France has allocated the tenth rank to herself. Renard is famous for her strong physical condition, excellent pace, good technique, which these features have made her an effective set-piece taker.

Renard, who started his profession in 2006 with Division 1 Feminine club 

Olympique Lyonnais

, is a central defender. Renard, whose outstanding performance has made her a goal-scoring defender, captains the French national team.

As one of the most decorated players in modern women's club football, she has upgraded her career history to a rich one within the 15 years she has started her profession. She holds a record of 14 French League titles and seven European Cups. 

Performing brilliant performances has raised much admiration that the New York Times depicted her as an institution at the club, the most successful side in European women's football.

It is about 14 consecutive seasons that Rendar has played for Lyon, and in the period has appeared in 370 competitions and netted 116 times. The talented player has had an efficient role in her international appearances, that through 124 appearances, has scored 28 goals. 

Julie Ertz

  • Age: 29

  • Nationality: American

  • Current Team: Chicago Red Stars

  • Position: Midfielder, defender

A 29-year-old player from Mesa in Arizona is one of the other players amongst the

best female footballers in the world in 2021

, who currently plays for the 

Chicago Red Stars

 of the National Women's Soccer League, known as NWSL.

She has the role of a midfielder, defender on the pitch for his club that is the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States and the United States women's national soccer team. 

Since her first appearance in an international friendly competition against Scotland in 2013, she has appeared in more than 100 competitions for her country. Ertz had an efficient role for the United States in winning the titles at FIFA WomeN's World Cup in 2015 and 2019.

In the 2015 team, when she was 23, Ertz placed his name behind

Morgan Brian

as the second-youngest player. At the same time that the United States team advanced to the World Cup final, Ertz appeared in all moments of all seven competitions of the tournaments, which finally caused her to get the title of the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team. 

Jessica McDonald

  • Age: 33

  • Nationality: American

  • Current Team: North Carolina Courage

  • Position: Forward

The seventh place on the list of the best female footballers in the world in 2021 belongs to the 33-year-olf forward of the 

North Carolina Courage

 of the National Women's Soccer League, the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States.

The professional soccer player has joined the club in 2017 and previously had played for several other teams, including Chicago Red Stars, Melbourne Victory FC, Seattle Reign FC, and Western New York Flash. Though she had a brilliant performance in all these clubs, the one in Chicago Red Stars was a bit more astonishing.

Through the contract as a free agent in 2013, she moved to the club. Within the pre-season, 


did her best in the match against St. Edwards University, in which in the second half of the game scored four goals.

Despite his nine appearances for the club in the regular season and serving one assist, the Red Stars waived McDonald in June 2013, which following leaving the side, she signed a contract with Seattle Reign FC. One of McDonald's international achievements refers to 2019 that she became a World Cup champion when her team gained the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. 

Rose Lavelle

  • Age: 26

  • Nationality: American

  • Current Team: OL Reign

  • Position: Midfielder

Rosemary Kathleen Lavelle is one of the stars that her outstanding performance has brought her name amongst the

best female footballers in the world in 2021

. The current midfielder of 

OL Reign

, the National Women's Soccer League, also plays in the United States national team.

Following her three goals for the United States at the 2019 World Cup, Lavelle achieved the Bronz Ball. However, it was not her only achievement in the year, and she became the sixth-best player in the world at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019.

She also got the title of the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World XI. Having played for the United States at youth levels, U-18, U-20, and U-23, Lavelle appeared in her first senior international in 2017. Lavelle has also played for seven clubs during the seven years she has started her senior career, which Washington Spirit is the one she has spent longer than others.

Having joined the club in 2018, Lavell could take part in only eleven matches because the injury and her international duty did not let her more. However, with her one goal and one assist during only six appearances she made,


became the 2019 NWSL Best XI at the end of the season awards. 

Amandine Henry

  • Age: 31

  • Nationality: French

  • Current Team: Olympique Lyon

  • Position: Defensive Midfielder

Amandine Henry

, the star who started playing football when she was a 5-year-old child, is one of the members of the best female footballers in the world in 2021. The young girl continued football with boys till she became 13 because there were no teams for her age. The French player is the current defensive midfielder of Olympique Lyon and the French national team. 

Having appeared at all women's youth international levels, Henry began her senior international appearances in 2009, and it is about three years that she has captained the team. 

In 2007, Henry transferred from CNFE Clairefontaine to Lyon. However, Henry's injury in her knee did not let her take part in any competitions for a year and a half. If her family had not supported her, she would have given up football following her injury.

She played for nine consecutive seasons for Lyon from 2007-08 to 2015-16, which is her most lasted collaboration with a club in her career history. Meanwhile, she appeared in 186 competitions and scored 42 goals.

Though she left the club in the 2015-16 season and played for Portland and


, in 2017-18 came back to Lyon. Such as the past, she has performed her best, scoring 13 goals in 47 matches. 

Ada Hegerberg

  • Age: 25

  • Nationality: Norwegian

  • Current Team: Olympique Lyonnais

  • Position: Striker

One of the other footballers amongst the 

top 10 best female soccer players in 2021

 is Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg, the Norwegian star playing as a striker. Ada, who currently plays for the Division 1 Feminine club Olympique Lyonnais, had once played for


, Stabæk in Toppserien, and

Turbine Potsdam

in her career history. 

Besides her excellent performance in the clubs, Hegerberg has appeared in international competitions successfully. After playing at all youth international level, she appeared for the first time in the matches for Norway national team at the senior level in 2011.

Three of Hegerberg's honors come from her collaboration in the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the 2017 UEFA Women's Championship. On the first occasion, the team was the silver medalist.

Winning the 2016 UEFA Best Women's Players in Europe Award in 2016 and becoming the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2019 are two others of her honors. With 15 scored goals, Hegerberg, the record holder of most goals in a UEFA Women's Champions League season, became the first-ever winner of the Ballon d'Or Feminin in 2018. 

Vivianne Miedema

  • Age: 24

  • Nationality: Dutch

  • Current Team: Arsenal

  • Position: Forward

The Dutch professional forward, Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid "Vivianne" Miedema, is the other member of our list regarding the

best female footballers in the world in 2021

. As one of the greatest strikers in women's football, Miedema has made herself the all-time leading scorer in the FA WSL.

Additionally, in comparison with any other player, amongst both men's and women's teams, she is the only football player with the most score goals at the international level for the Netherlands. 

Some of her prominent achievements are winning the UEFA Women's Euro in 2017 while she played for the Dutch national team, gaining Frauen-Bundesliga titles with 

Bayern Munich

 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and achieving the FA WSL title with Arsenal during the 2018-19 season.

In 2019, through performing her best performance, she caused her team, Netherlands, to finish in second place at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. In 2020, England's Football Writers' Association name Miedema the Women's Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.

Also, in the same year, she became the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year. As one of the players whose name was amongst the Guardian's The 100 Best Female Footballers In The World in 2017 and 2019,


has had 96 caps and netted 73 times for the Netherlands, which figures made her their all-time top scorer. 

Megan Rapinoe

  • Age: 35

  • Nationality: American

  • Current Team: OL Reign

  • Position: Midfielder, Winger

Playing as a winger and captaining OL Reign, Megan Anna Rapinoe is the footballer whose stunning performance has caused her to be placed third amongst the best female footballers in the world in 2021.

Rapinoe, the winner of gold with her national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, is also the winner of Ballon d'Or Feminin and the owner of the title of The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019. 


, whose skillful style and activism have made earned her a reputation at the international level, co-captained it alongside

Carli Lloyd

, the current forward of NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and

Alex Morgan

, player for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

She has recorded the honor of being the first player amongst males and females who could score a goal directly from a corner at the Olympic Games in her career history. 

Lucy Bronze

  • Age: 29

  • Nationality: English

  • Current Team: Manchester City

  • Position: Full Back

The owner of the honors, FIFA Women's World Cup Silver Ball in 2019, UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award in the 2018-19 season, and FIFA Best Women's Player of the Year in 2020, is the star who has allocated second place among the best female players in the world in 2021 to herself.

Since the 2007-08 season that she has started her senior career with Sunderland, she has played for four more other clubs, including


, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, and Manchester City. Since then, through playing for the clubs,


appeared in 231 competitions and scored 25 goals.

Also, having representing at all youth levels of the England national team, Bronze featured in the national team at Euro 2013. Bronze is the player that her playing helped her national team to finish fourth and earned her the name of the All-Star Squad at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. She has also recorded two PFA Women's Players' Player of the year awards in her career history. At all, there is no wonder she has placed second on the list. 

Sam Kerr

  • Age: 27

  • Nationality: Australian

  • Current Team: Chelsea

  • Position: Forward

The first name on the list of best football players in the world in 2021 belongs to Samantha May Kerr, the current 27-year-old forward of


in the English FA Women's Super League.

Kerr, who once held the record in the Australian W-League, is now the captain of the Australia women's national soccer team and the all-time leading scorer in the National Women's Soccer League. Kerr could achieve Julie Dolan Medal, an award for the best player in the highest women's soccer league in Australia, in 2017 and the recipient of the PFA's Women's Footballer of the Year Award four times.

In 2013 and 2014, the Football Media Association (FMA) named her the International Player of the Year. The ESPY Award is the prize she achieved as the Best International Women's Soccer Player. 

In 2019, netting a hat trick at a World Cup tournament made her the first Australian player not only amongst women but men who could do it. The outstanding Australian star is famous for her speed, skill, tenacity, and backflip goal celebrations. Based on the mentioned points regarding her style of playing and awards she has recorded in her career history, do you agree with her place on the list?

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