10 Best Female Football Players of All Time

No sport commands more impact in the world than football. It is played in more than 200 countries and watched by more than 240 million people worldwide. So, quite naturally, its players are some of the biggest names in not only the sports world, but they go on to become icons in pop culture. Now, we all know Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona, Beckham, but how many of us can boast of naming some of the best female footballers? Women’s football is as much in play as its male counterpart, although most of the time they are robbed of the spotlight and grandeur that the male players get. These players are just as bad-asses as their male mates. Today, let us take a look at 10 of the best female football players of all time.

 

10.Tiffany Milbrett

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At number 10 is American forward player Tiffany Milbrett. She has played for a school of clubs during her career including Shiroki Serena, New York Power, Sunnana SK, Vancouver Whitecaps, Linkopings FC, FC Gold Pride and Bay Area Breeze making a total of 127 appearances representing them and scoring 71 goals. Internationally, she made 204 appearances representing USA scoring 100 goals. She also won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney in the Women’s football category. Besides, she represented USA in three FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995, 1999 and 2003), where she was part of the champions in 1999 and 3rd ranked finisher in 1995 and 2003. She received her 200th cap on 30th June, 2005 and scored her 100th goal in a match against Ukraine. She was named Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year twice in 2000 and 2001. She was also ranked 2nd in the 2001 FIFA Female Player of the Year.

9. Nadine Kessler

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Brazilian midfielder grabs the 9th position on our list of 10 best female football players of all time. Kessler has played for FC Saarbrucken, FFC Turbine Potsdam and Vfl Wolfsburg, making a total of 144 appearances for them scoring 87 goals. Internationally, she has represented Germany in 29 matches and scored 10 goals. She won three UEFA Women’s Champions League titles for two teams; once for FFC Turbine Potsdam in 2009-10, and twice for Vfl Wolfsburg in 2012-2013 and 2013-14. She also was part of the winning team of Germany which won the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship. Kessler was named the FIFA Female Player of The Year in 2014. Besides, she was won the Fritz Walter silver medal in 2006.

8.Homare Sawa

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Next up at number 8 on our list of 10 best female football players of all time comes Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa. Beginnig her senior career in 1991, she has played for Yomiuri Beleza, Denver Diamonds, Atlanta Beat, NTV Beleza, Washington Freedom and INAC Kobe Leonessa. She has made a total of 350 appearances representing these clubs and scored 141 goals. Internationally, she has made 204 appearances representing Japan and scored 83 goals. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2011. She also was part of the Winning team which won the silver medal in Women’s football category at the 2012 Olympics. She has represented Japan in six FIFA World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015), which makes her the co-record holder (along with Formiga of Brazil) of playing the most number of World Cup, male or female. Of these six times, Japan was the champion in 2011 and runner-up in 2015. Besides, she won FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball (2011), Golden Shoe (2011) and EAFF Women’s Football Championship Best Player twice in 2008 and 2010, among many others.

7. Abby Wambach

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Coming in at number 7 is American forward player Abby Wambach. She was The FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2012, 2nd placed in FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2013, and placed 3rd in FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2011 and 2014. She has played for Washington Freedom, magicJack and Western New York Flash. She has played 116 matches for them and scored 70 goals for them. She represented USA in four FFA Women’s World Cup (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015), out of which USA was the winner in 2015, runner-up in 2011 and 3rd ranked finisher in 2003 and 2007. In 2007, she won the Silver Shoe in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and in 2011, she won the Bronze Boot and Silver Ball at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2011, she won the Bronze Shoe and Silver Ball at the FIFA Women’s World Cup She also was the part of the three time winning team of USA which won the gold medal in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She is the leading all-time international scorer for men and women with 184 goals from 252 international matches.

6. Kristine Lilly

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American midfielder and forward player Kristine Lilly makes it to the 6th position on our list of 10 best female football players of all time. She has played in the five FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007)’ out of which USA won in 1991 and 1999, and was the 3rd ranked finisher in 1995, 2003 and 2007. She also represented USA in 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning gold medal in 1996 and 2004, and silver in 2000. Kristine has played for Tyreso FF, Washington Warthogs, Delaware Genies, Boston Breakers and KIF Orebo DFF; scoring a total of 30 goals from 108 matches. Internationally, she has made 352 appearances representing USA scoring 130 goals.

5.Sun Wen

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Breaking into top 5 is Chinese forward player Sun Wen. She was the winner of the Golden Boot and Golden Ball in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was named the FIFA Female Player of the Century for the 20th century. She shared this award with Michelle Akers of USA. She has played in four FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003), out of which China was the runner-up in 1999 and 4th ranked finisher in 1995. She was also ranked 3rd twice in FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. She also represented China twice in Olympics in 1996 and 2000, out of which in 1996, she won the silver medal. She has represented China in 152 matches and scored 106 goals. She has played for Atlanta Beat and Shanghai SVA, making a total of 33 appearances and scoring 7 goals. She won the Golden Shoe award in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, along with Brazil’s Sissi and the Golden Ball award the same year.

4. Nadine Angerer

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Number 4 on our list of 10 best female football players of all time comes German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who holds the distinction of becoming the first goalkeeper, male or female, to be name FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2014. Internationally, she has represented Germany in 146 matches. Besides, she has played for FC Nurnberg, FC Wacker Munchen, FC Bayern Munich, FFC Turbine Potsdam, Djugardens IF, FFC Frankfurt, Brisbane Roar and Portland Thorns, making a total of 289 appearances. She also was part of the winning team which won UEFA’s Women’s Cup in 2004-2005, representing Turbine Potsdam. She represented Germany in 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, winning bronze all the three times. She also has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015), out of which Germany won in 2003 and 2007, and was 4th ranked finisher in 2015. She was the Golden Glove winner in the 2007 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

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3. Mia Hamm

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Breaking into top 3 on our list of 10 best female football players of all time is American forward player Mia Hamm. Having made 275 appearances representing USA scoring 158 goals. She has also represented USA in the first four FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003), out of which USA won twice in 1991 and 1999, and were the 3rd place in 1995 and 2003. She also represented her country thrice in the Olympics (1996, 2000 and 2004), out of which USA won the gold medal in 1996 and 2004, and won the silver medal in 2000. She has also played for Washington Freedom, for which she made 49 appearances scoring 25 goals. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Year in the 2001 and 2002, and was ranked 2nd in the FIFA Female Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She was one of two women to be included in FIFA’s 125 best living players (listed by Pele).

2. Birgit Prinz

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Coming in at number 2 is German striker Birgit Prinz. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Year thrice consecutively in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and ranked 2nd in the same five times (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). She has been capped 214 times representing Germany and she has scored 128 goals. She also represented her country thrice in the Olympics (2000, 2004 and 2008) winning Bronze all three times. She has also played for FSV Frankfurt, FFC Frankfurt and Carolina Courage, making a total of 282 appearances for them and scoring 282 goals. For FFC Frankfurt, she won the UEFA Women’s Cup thrice (2001-02, 2005-06, 2007-08) and also for Germany, she won UEFA European Championship five times (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009). She also played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011), where Germany won in 2003 and 2007 and was the runner-up in 1995. She also was the Golden ball and Golden Shoe winner in 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the silver ball winner in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

1.Marta

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The best female football player of all time is Brazilian forward player Marta Vieira da Silva. Having made 95 appearances for Brazil, she has scored 92 goals. She has played in four FIFA Women’s World Cup (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015), where Brazil was the runner-up in 2007. She was the winner of the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe at the 2007 FIFA World Cup and Silver Shoe in 2011 FIFA World Cup. She also represented Brazil in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012), where Brazil won Silver medal the first two times. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Year five consecutive times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010), the most out of anyone. Besides, she also ranked 2nd in the same 4 times (2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and 3rd twice (2004 and 2013). She has played for Vasco da Gama, Santa Cruz, Umea IK, Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, Tyreso FF and FC Rosengard, making a total of 291 appearances and scoring 243 goals. She won the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2003-04 for Umea IK. She is the leading goal-scorer in FIFA Women’s World Cup, with 15 goals. She was the only woman among the six brand ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.