In the modern world of will and determination to succeed at the highest level, gender plays no role whatsoever in bringing out one’s true potential in the things that they love. Men’s football may be much more far-reached than the female counterpart but the latter has significantly caught the eye of many as the beautiful and bold beasts take the centre-stage to write their names on the history books.
FIFA initiated the first female World Cup in 1991 and within a decade its popularity blossomed many folds as a reported 1,194,221 tickets were sold for the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Even UEFA started organising tournaments for women in the mid-1980s which has provided significantly to the shape of the game in its present professional form. Along the years, many talented and gifted players have graced the field but only the best among the rest have achieved at the highest level. Keeping everything in perspective, let us have a look at some of the best female footballers in the world right now, who have taken the world by storm.
Here are the 10 best female footballers in the world right now –
10. Deyna Castellanos:
Venezuelan footballer Deyna Castellanos started her youth playing career at Escuela de Futbol Juan Arango in 2013 at just 14 years of age. After having a splendid goal-scoring spell at her college level team FSU Seminoles, she was signed by the Santa Clarita Blue Heat and since then has been a regular face for both her club and national team alike.
One of the best female footballers in the world right now, Castellanos, had previously won the Golden Boot award at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with six goals and was recently awarded the United Women’s Soccer Player of the Year in her first season of senior football. Castellanos is currently the all-time leading goal-scorer of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournaments with 11 goals.
9. Alex Morgan:
A central striker, Morgan had several short stints at various different clubs across the country playing for California Storm, Pali Blues, Western New York Flash, Seattle Sounders Women, Portland Thorns FC, Orlando Pride before joining Lyon on loan in 2017. She has over 165 caps for the USA national team and over 100 goals to her name.
Apart from being a terrific footballer, she is also an author and has also starred in a few television series. In July 2015; Morgan and her then-Portland Thorns teammates Christine Sinclair and Steph Catley were selected to be the first female athletes to appear on the cover of the video game, FIFA 16.
8. Christine Sinclair:
A veteran of the beautiful game, Canadian forward Christine Sinclair has been one of the most complete player the country had ever produced. Born in the Burnaby district in Canada, the twelve-time recipient of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year Award is her country’s leading goal scorer with 172 goals and only behind Abby Wambach (184) on the worldwide chart.
She has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cup (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015, France 2019) and in three Olympics Football tournaments (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016) and was shortlisted for the annual FIFA World Player of the Year Award on seven occasions. Currently playing for Portland Thorns FC having previously starred for several other outfits as Vancouver Breakers and FC Gold Pride, Sinclair was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in September 2013. Without any doubt, she is one of the best female footballers in the world right now.
7. Melanie Behringer:
Born in the western province of Lorrach in Germany, Behringer grew up to be one of the most decorated female footballers of her nation. Having started her youth career at SpVgg Utzenfeld, she joined SC Freiburg in 2003 before moving to Bayern Munich in 2008 after having made over hundred appearances for Freiburg. After a successful stint at Frankfurt from 2010 to 2014 where she won two German Cups, she returned to Bayern and since then has been crowned the German champions twice.
Her lengthy list of accolades include the FIFA World Cup (2007), FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup (2004), UEFA European Championship (2009, 2013) and the Summer Olympics Games (Bronze 2008, Gold 2016). She was also the top scorer at the 2016 Summer Olympics with 5 goals.
6. Dzsenifer Marozsán
Born in Budapest, Marozsán is a rare breed in Germany’s play that is very much dominated by dominant players looking to grind down their opponent using their athletic superiority. Marozsán is a virtuoso on the ball, a classic playmaker. Think Kevin De Bruyne, but with a better drive to the goal. Marozsan’s vision and dribbling skills helped power the French giants to their impressive collection of trophies over the past couple of years.
World Cup is the title that she is still missing after Champions League triumphs and an Olympic Gold medal with Germany in 2016. A World Cup title would go a long way to establish herself as the world’s best playmaker.