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Football being a sport of power, agility and sweat, it has always been considered more of a masculine idea of entertainment. It is not believed to be the forte of women. However, over many decades, women have proven that they can be just as good with the ball as their male counterparts. Several female soccer players have put up great display of soccer skills, and are now counted among the top players in the world.

Like in case of male soccer, female football, too, is seen at its best during the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Some of the greatest performances by the soccer players have been recorded in the course of this tournament. Let us take a look at the 10 Most Successful footballers of FIFA Women’s World Cup.

10 Most Successful footballers of FIFA Women’s World Cup

10. Hege Riise

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
10 Most Successful Soccer Players of FIFA Women’s World Cup

Former Norwegian footballer Hege Riise was a member of the Norway soccer team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Hege Riise participated in four Women’s World Cup in her active footballing career in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003. She scored a total of 9 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the tenth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Riise scored 1 goal in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China, 5 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden and 3 goals in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States but failed to score any during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States for her national side.

9. Linda Medalen

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
10 Most Successful Female Soccer Players of Women’s Football World Cup

Former Norwegian footballer Linda Medalen was a leading member of the Norwegian team that won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She works as a police officer besides her active football career. Linda Medalen participated in three Women’s World Cup in her active soccer career in 1991, 1995 and 1999. She scored a total of 9 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Linda Medalen scored 6 goals in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China, 2 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden and 1 goal in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States for her national side.

8. Heidi Mohr

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
Most Successful Female Soccer Players of Women’s Football World Cup

Former German footballer Heidi Mohr was renowned for her amazing speed and also for her ability to shoot with both of her feet. She was voted Europe’s Footballer of the Century in 1999 and was the top scorer in the Bundesliga for 5 consecutive years from 1991 to 1995. Heidi Mohr participated in two Women’s World Cup in her active footballing career in 1991 and 1995. She scored a total of 10 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Heidi Mohr scored 7 goals in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China and 3 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden for her national side.

7. Ann Kristin Aarønes

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
List of Most Successful Female Soccer Players – FIFA Women’s World Cup

 

Former footballer Ann Kristin “Anka” Aarønes was a member of the women’s national soccer team of Norway, and is included in the All-star team at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She scored 60 goals in 111 matches for Norway between 1990 and 1999. Ann Kristin Aarønes participated in two Women’s World Cup in her active soccer career in 1995 and 1999. She scored a total of 10 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Ann Kristin Aarønes scored 6 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden and 4 goals in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States for her national side.

6. Bettina Wiegmann

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
List of Most Successful Female Soccer Players – Women’s Football World Cup

Retired football midfielder Bettina Wiegmann was a member of the women’s national soccer team of Germany. She was named German Female Footballer of the Year in 1997. She scored 51 goals in 154 matches for her national side between 1989 and 2003. Bettina Wiegmann participated in four Women’s World Cup in her active footballing career in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003. She scored a total of 11 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Bettina Wiegmann scored 3 goals in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China, 3 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden, 3 goals in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States and 2 goals in 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States for her national side.

5. Sun Wen

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
10 Most Successful Female Soccer Players of FIFA Women’s World Cup

Retired Chinese footballer Sun Wen won the FIFA Female Player of the Century along with Michelle Akers in 2000. She won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sun Wen participated in four Women’s World Cup in her active footballing career in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003. She scored a total of 11 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Sun Wen scored 1 goal in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China, 2 goals in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden, 7 goals in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States and 1 goal in 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States for her national side.

4. Michelle Akers

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
10 Most Successful Soccer Players of Women’s Football World Cup

Former leading American soccer player Michelle Anne Akers won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 1991 FIFA World Cup. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Michelle Akers participated in three Women’s World Cup in her active footballing career in 1991, 1995 and 1999. She scored a total of 12 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Michelle Akers scored 10 goals in 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup China and 2 goals in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States but failed to score any during the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden for her national side.

3. Abby Wambach

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
List of Most Successful Footballers – FIFA Women’s World Cup

American soccer player and Coach Mary Abigail “Abby” Wambach was named 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. She is also a six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award. Abby Wambach participated in three Women’s World Cup in her career till now in 2003, 2007 and 2011. She scored a total of 13 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the third place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Abby Wambach scored 3 goals in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States, 6 goals in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup China and 4 goals in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany for her national side.

2. Birgit Prinz

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
List of Most Successful Female Soccer Players

Retired German female association football player Birgit Prinz is widely regarded as one of the soccer’s most prolific strikers. She currently works as a sport psychologist for the Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Birgit Prinz participated in five Women’s World Cup in her career till now in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. She scored a total of 14 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the second place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Birgit Prinz scored 1 goal each in 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States, 7 goals in 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States and 5 goals in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup China for her national side.

1. Marta

Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women's World Cup
10 Most Successful Soccer Players of Women’s World Cup

Brazilian football forward Marta Vieira da Silva plays for FC Rosengård of the Swedish Damallsvenskan besides her international appearance for the Brazilian soccer team. She was a member of the Brazilian national football teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Marta participated in three Women’s World Cup in her career till now in 2003, 2007 and 2011. She scored a total of 14 goals in FIFA World Cups and is inducted in the top place in our list of 10 most successful footballers of FIFA women’s world cup. Marta scored 3 goals in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup United States, 7 goals in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup China and 4 goals in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany for her national side.

These women, and many more, have proven their worth in the world of soccer, and have established that the sport is not just for men but for women as well. They have added a whole new dimension to soccer world cups, and have attracted the attention of soccer lovers.

10 Most Successful Footballers of FIFA Women’s World Cup

1. Marta
2. Birgit Prinz
3. Abby Wambach
4. Michelle Akers
5. Sun Wen
6. Bettina Wiegmann
7. Ann Kristin Aarønes
8. Heidi Mohr
9. Linda Medalen
10. Hege Riise

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  • Robert Larsen

    I’m pretty sure the image under Ann Kristin Aarønes’ name shows USA’s Brandi Chastain, celebrating her decisive penalty in the 1999 final against China.