The increase in both coverage and popularity
#10 – Aya Miyama (Japan & Okayama Yunogo Belle)
The 32-year-old midfielder is widely regarded as one of best playmakers in Women’s football. She’s spent most of her career in her homeland of Japan with Okayama Yunogo Belle who she’s played
However, it’s representing Japan on the international stage where Aya has made a name for herself. Since making her debut in 2003, she has played 162
She has a low
#9 – Alex Morgan (USA & Lyon Women)
Away from club football, she’s enjoyed an incredible international career with
Not only a prolific goal scorer, Alex has incredible playmaking abilities thanks to her strength and passing ability, which has been pivotal in the USA’s success.
#8 – Wendie Renard (France & Lyon Women)
The 27-year-old defender is a serial winner with her club Lyon in France. Since joining in 2006, Lyon
Just shy of 100 International caps, Wendie has also enjoyed success with France on the international stage, most notably winning the
Captain of both France & Lyon, she’s widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest captain to ever play the game. However, it’s her goal threat as a defender which she’s most noted for. Standing at 6ft 2″, she’s lethal from set pieces. Scoring 47 goals in 163 appearances for Lyon, & 19 in 92 for France, she boasts an unbelievable
#7 Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany & Lyon Ladies)
The 25-year-old midfielder is one of the most exciting players in the Women’s game. She enjoyed success in her homeland with FFC Frankfurt where she won 2x German cups, before winning the Champions League with them in the 2014/2015 season. She moved to Lyon Ladies where she won an incredible treble in her first season which included another Champions League title, as well as the French league, and French Cup.
She took over the Germany captaincy in 2016, where she’ll be hoping for further success to add her titles which include Women’s U-17 Championship in 2008, U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010, Women’s Championship in 2013
and a Gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in 2016.
With unbelievably quick feet, dazzling skill moves, flair
#6 – Melanie Behringer (Bayern Munich Ladies)
The 31-year-old is the midfielder managers dream of. She recently retired from International football with Germany after being a key part of the Germany Team that dominated women’s football for so long. After making her debut in 2005, she played 123 games, scoring 34 goals, before retiring in 2016. She remarkably won every international title available to her, which included the World Cup in 2007, Women’s European Championship in 2009 & 2013, and winning Olympic gold in 2016 in her last game.
She’s currently playing her club football at Bayern Munich in her second stint at the club after re-joining from 1.FFC Frankfurt where she made 97 appearances scoring 20 goals, winning 2 German cups in her time there. In total for Bayern
The complete box to box midfielder, her incredible stamina allows her to give 100% every game. She also
#5 – Lucy Bronze
The 25-year-old defender has established herself as one of the best defenders in the world with her performances for club and country. She made her debut for Sunderland at 16 after being promoted from their youth
She has also impressed internationally for England, establishing herself as
With pace to intercept passes and bring the ball out of
#4 – Ada Hederberg
The 22-year-old striker has an unbelievable strike rate in her relatively short career so far, which has the world standing up and taking notice of her. She started her career in her native Norway in 2012 where she played for Kolbotn scoring 15 goals in 30 games, before moving to Stabæk the following season where she scored 24 goals in just 18 games. She moved to Germany in 2013 to play for Turbine Potsdam where she scored 11 goals in 25 games, before getting her big break where she signed for arguably the best team in Women’s football, Lyon Women in 2014. She’s been prolific in France, scoring 88 goals in just 69 appearances.
Representing Norway, debuting in 2011, she’s scored 38 goals in 66 appearances, and won several individual awards including Norwegian sportsperson of the year 2016.
#3 – Lieke Martens (Netherlands & Barcelona Women)
The 24-year-old midfielder has shot to stardom in recent seasons in recent seasons after her recent performances. She’s played football across Europe, enjoying spells in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden
She’s also enjoyed success Internationally with the Netherlands. After scoring the Netherlands first ever World Cup goal in 2015, Lieke continued her impressive form and went on to be
With plenty of pace, trickery, and finishing ability she’s been referred to as the “Lionel Messi” of the women’s game.
#2 – Carli Lloyd (USA & Manchester City Women)
At 35 years of age, the midfielder is in the twilight of her career,
She spent all of her playing career in America and even though scoring plenty of goals in the process had fairly limited success in the hunt for silverware. She joined Manchester City on loan in 2017 after deciding to get a taste of European football, and found instant success, helping Manchester City win the FA
However, it’s on the international stage for the USA where Carli has enjoyed the most success. She’s represented them an incredible 242 times, scoring 97 goals in the process. She’s won Olympic gold twice in 2008, and again in 2012, and won the Women’s World Cup in 2015, winning the golden ball after finishing
A tireless worker, she shows tremendous
#1 – Marta
The 31-year-old striker is widely regarded as one of the greatest women’s players of all time. She’s played across the world, enjoying huge success during her time at many of her clubs. It was in Sweden during her time with Umeå IK where she established herself as one of the greatest players in the world. She scored an incredible 210 goals in only 103 games, which led the great Pele himself to draw comparisons of her to himself calling her “Pele with Skirts”. She won 4 Swedish titles, the Swedish Cup, and the UEFA cup in 4 years with the club. She moved on to America in 2009, enjoying two titles with FC Gold Pride & Western New York Flash. She returned to Sweden in 2012, with Tyresö FF winning another Swedish title in her 2 years there, before moving on to FC Rosengård where she added yet another 2 Swedish titles in her time there. She moved back to
Internationally, she has been the pride of Brazil. Since making her debut in 2002, she has scored 105 goals in 101 games, which is an unbelievable record at international level. Although individually outstanding, she has endured a frustrating international career, often coming runners-up in competitions which include the 2007 World Cup, as well as being a two-time silver medallist in the Summer Olympics in both 2004 and 2008. However, she has enjoyed success in the Copa América, winning it two times in 2003 and 2010. She became the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup history in 2015, scoring her 15th goal during the tournament, cementing her place in the history books forever.
In true Brazilian fashion, she possesses exceptional skill levels, utilizing her quick feet and skill moves to embarrass opponents, and has
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