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 –
2. 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.
Nicknamed ‘Pele with skirts’ by the great man himself, Marta was born in the western district of Dois Riachos of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Arguably one of the most decorated female football athlete ever, Marta started her senior career at Vasco da Gama in 2000 and went through the ranks of Santa Cruz before making her presence felt at Umea IK where she scored 210 goals in just 103 matches. She also has over 100 goals for Brazil in just over 130 matches she has played in.
Marta was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010 and was also a key figure for the national side which won silver at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.