Marta Vieira da Silva, professionally known as Marta, is a Brazilian professional football player who presently plays as a forward for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team.
Widely regarded as the best female footballer of all time, Marta currently holds the record for highest international goalscorer of either gender in her native country, Brazil. She is the first footballer of any gender to score at five World Cup editions and also the first female footballer to score at five consecutive Olympic Games.
Marta has won FIFA World Player of the Year six times, a record she held consecutively from 2006 to 2011 and the latest award coming three years ago. She was part of the Brazilian women squad that came third at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
2. Mia Hamm, USA
Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra is a 49-year-old American former professional soccer player who last played as a midfielder for Washington Freedom and the United States national women team.
During her soccer career with the United States national women team, Hamm competed in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments. She captained the team at three Olympic Games and completed her international career having played in 42 matches and scored 14 goals at these 7 international tournaments.
Regarded as one of the greatest female footballers of all time, Hamm won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 respectively. She won United States Soccer Female Athlete of the Year five years in a row and won three ESPY awards including Soccer Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. She was named the Sportswoman of the Year in 1997 and 1999 by the The Women's Sports Foundation. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, and was the first woman inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame.
She held the record for most international goals and remains in third place behind former teammate, Abby Wambach, and Canadian striker, Christine Sinclair.
Hamm and her teammate, Michelle Akers, were praised by Pelé as two of FIFA's 125 greatest living players when he included them in the FIFA 100 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization.
3. Michelle Anne Akers, USA
Michelle Anne Akers is a 55-year-old American retired professional soccer player who last played as forward for Orlando Lions Women and the United States national women team.
Akers is regarded as one of the best female soccer players of all time. She was awarded FIFA Female Player of the Century nineteen years ago, an award she shared with China's Sun Wen. Seventeen years ago, Akers and Mia Hamm were the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organization's 100th anniversary.
4. Sun Wen
Sun Wen is a 48-year-old former Chinese professional footballer who last played as a forward for Shanghai SVA and the China national women team.
Regarded as one of the best female soccer players of all time, Wen was awarded the FIFA Female Player of the Century along with Michelle Akers twenty one years ago. Sun won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot for her performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.
5. Birgit Prinz, Germany
Birgit Prinz is a 43-year-old German former professional footballer who last played as a striker for FFC Frankfurt and the German national women team.
One of the best female footballers of all time, Prinz has won FIFA Women's World Cup champion two times and FIFA World Player of the Year three times.
Prinz remains one of the world's most prolific strikers and is the second FIFA Women's World Cup all-time leading scorer with 14 goals.
She retired from the world of football ten years ago, and is currently working as a sport psychologist for the German club, Hoffenheim.
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