Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Players in the World

Soccer has always been considered a sport for the men. It is where they can show their power and agility; compete with other equally strong men who are not afraid to get all dirty for a game. But, over the years, women have proven that they are nothing less when it comes to the sport of football.

They have shown strength, skill and focus required to handle a football and take it to the goal for a score. Some women footballers are extremely popular, and have attracted the attention of the sports fans. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Players in the World.

Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Players in the World

10. Michelle Akers

Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Players in the World
Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Players

Former American soccer player Michelle Anne Akers is a key player of the historic 1991 and 1999 Women’s World Cup victories by the United States. She scored 15 goals in 24 games from 1985 to 1990 for the U.S. team and scored a record 39 goals in 26 games in the 1991 season alone. Akers is also the top scorer of the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in China in 1991 with ten goals, and is inducted in the tenth spot in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century and also inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Michelle declared her retirement before the 2000 Summer Olympics as the U.S. national team’s second all-time leading goal scorer with 105 goals, 37 assists and 247 points.

9. Homare Sawa

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Top 10 Most Popular Female Football Stars of All Time

Japanese professional football player Homare Sawa currently plays for INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1 besides her international spell with the Japanese women’s national football team. She was the captain of the Japanese women’s national football team that won the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Sawa recently help Japanese team to win the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Homare Sawa scored 6 goals in 41 appearances for the Washington Freedom in 2009-10 season, and scored 6 goals in 33 appearances for the INAC Kobe Leonessa since 2011. Besides her club career, she also scored 82 goals in 196 international appearances for the Japanese national soccer team since 1993.

8. Birgit Prinz

Birgit Prinz
List of Most Popular Female Football Stars

Retired German female football player Birgit Prinz played mostly for 1. FFC Frankfurt besides her international spell with the German women’s national football team. She is the all-time leading scorer alongside Marta at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with 14 goals, and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. She competed in five FIFA Women’s World Cups and four Olympics, and scored 24 goals in 43 matches at those nine global tournaments. Birgit Prinz scored 23 goals in 35 appearances for the Carolina Courage in the 2002-03 season, and scored 136 goals in 114 appearances for the 1. FFC Frankfurt between 2003 and 2011. Besides her club career, she also scored 128 goals in 214 international appearances for the Germany national soccer team from 1994 to 2011.

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