5. Lieke Martens:
FC Barcelona midfielder Martens started her senior footballing career at Heerenveen in 2009 at the age of 16. Born in Bergen, Netherlands, she also plays as a striker and was recently named the Best FIFA Women’s Player in October 2017. She has played in several leagues in her career including the Belgian First Division and the German Bundesliga and now presently in the Spanish top tier.
She made her international debut against China in a friendly in August 2011 and has since then won over 80 caps for the Dutch national team and has also scored more than 35 goals. She was named the player of the tournament in the recently concluded UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 and was also named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament in that season.
4. Carli Lloyd:
US national Lloyd plays as a midfielder for National Women’s Soccer League side Sky Blues FC and is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, 2015 FIFA Women Player of the Year and the 2016 FIFA Player of the Year. She is most fondly remembered for her gold medal winning goals in the finals of the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and since then has instilled her name in the global footballing scene.
She has made over 250 appearances for the US national team and has more than 90 goals to her name. After having brief stints at New Jersey Wildcats, Chicago Red Stars, Atlanta Beat, Western New York Flash and Houstan Dash over a period of ten years, she was loaned off to Manchester City and later on returned to Sky Blue FC in 2018.
3. Ada Hegerberg:
One of the most prolific strikers of her generation, Norwegian prodigy Hegerberg started off her youth career at Sunndal before joining Kolbotn in 2010 as a 16-year old. After a brilliant first senior season, she joined Stabaek before heading for Turbine Potsdam in 2013 where she finished second in both the 2012-13 Bundesliga and the 2012–13 DFB-Pokal.
She transferred to Olympique Lyonnais the very next year and had a splendid season in France as she scored 26 goals in 22 league games to lead Lyon to their ninth consecutive Division 1 title. Recently named the BBC Women’s Footballer of 2017, she was previously awarded the 2016 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe and the Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year 2016. Ada Hegerberg also became the first ever winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018.