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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 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 into 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

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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.

7. Kristine Lilly

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10 Popular Female Footballers in the World

Retired American soccer player Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey last played professionally for the Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer besides her international spell with the United States women’s national football team. She was a member of the United States women’s squad for nearly 24 years and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Lily participated in five editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and won the title twice in 1996 and 2004. Kristine Lilly scored 8 goals in 19 appearances for the KIF Örebro DFF in the 2005 season, and scored 3 goals in 20 appearances for the Boston Breakers between 2009 and 2011. Besides her club career, she also scored 130 goals in 352 international appearances for the United States national soccer team from 1987 to 2010.

6. Nadine Angerer

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Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Stars of All Time

German professional footballer Nadine Angerer currently plays as the goalkeeper of the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League besides her spell as the captain of the Germany women’s national soccer team. She made her international debut in August 1996 against the Netherlands. Angerer recently named FIFA World Player of the Year on 13 January 2014 which made her the first goalkeeper male or female to win the award. She did not concede a single goal at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup while setting the record for most consecutive minutes played without conceding a goal in World Cup for 540 minutes, and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Nadine Angerer was named the best goalkeeper of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

5. Sydney Leroux

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Top 10 Most Popular Female Soccer Stars in the World

Canadian-born American soccer player Sydney Rae Leroux Dwyer currently plays as a forward of the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League besides her spell with the United States women’s national soccer team. She representing Canada at various youth competitions and later began playing for the U.S. senior national team in 2012. Sydney was a key player in the Americans’ winning squad at the 2012 London Olympics and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Sydney Leroux scored 11 goals in 9 appearances for the Boston Breakers in 20113, and scored 5 goals in 22 appearances for the Seattle Reign FC in 2014 season. Besides her club career, she also scored 33 goals in 68 international appearances for the United States national soccer team since 2011.

4. Abby Wambach

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10 Popular Female Soccer Players in the World

American soccer player Mary Abigail “Abby” Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She played for the United States women’s national soccer team since 2001 and received the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2012. Abby  is also a three-time All-American while playing collegiate soccer for the University of Florida Gators. She also played for Washington Freedom, magicJack and the Western New York Flash at the professional level and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Abby Wambach scored 9 goals in 11 appearances for the MagicJack in 2011, and scored 17 goals in 29 appearances for the Western New York Flash between 2013 and 2014. Besides her club career, she also scored 178 goals in 239 international appearances for the United States national soccer team since 2001.

3. Marta

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Top 10 Most Popular Female Footballers

Brazilian football forward Marta Vieira da Silva currently plays as the forward of the FC Rosengård of the Swedish Damallsvenskan besides her spell with the Brazilian women’s national soccer team. She received the FIFA World Player of the Year award a record five consecutive times between 2006 and 2010, and is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Marta won both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Marta scored 24 goals in 35 appearances for the Tyresö FF from 2012 to 2014, and scored 4 goals in 7 appearances for the FC Rosengård since 2014. Besides her club career, she also scored 91 goals in 91 international appearances for the Brazilian national soccer team since 2002.

2. Hope Solo

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Top 10 Most Popular Female Football Stars in the World

American soccer goalkeeper Hope Amelia Solo is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. She currently holds the U.S. record for most career shutouts and is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. Hope Solo played for the University of Washington at the collegiate level and eventually played professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association for the Philadelphia Charge. She played for Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and MagicJack in the Women’s Professional Soccer from 2009 to 2011. Solo currently plays for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She was featured in the television show “Dancing with the Stars” and also appeared in the “Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine.

1. Alex Morgan

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List of Most Popular Female Football Players

American soccer player Alex Morgan currently plays as the forward of the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League besides her spell with the United States women’s national soccer team. And she made her professional debut after she was drafted number one overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2011 WPS Draft. Alex became the FIFA World Player of the Year finalist and received the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year award in 2012, and then is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 most popular female soccer players in the world. And Alex Morgan scored 2 goals in 3 appearances for the Seattle Sounders Women in 2012 and scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for the Portland Thorns FC since 2013. Besides her club career, she also scored 51 goals in 84 international appearances for the United States national soccer team since 2010.

It is amazing how these women have etched their names in the male-dominated world of sports. They have taken the help of nothing but their talent and perseverance, and turned it all into historic moments in the sport, making themselves popular and memorable athletes.

10 Famous Women Soccer Player in the World

1. Alex Morgan
2. Hope Solo
3. Marta
4. Abby Wambach
5. Sydney Leroux
6. Nadine Angerer
7. Kristine Lilly
8. Birgit Prinz
9. Homare Sawa
10. Michelle Akers

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