3 notable players who have impacted on women’s football

Footballers of the women’s game have consistently shown their prowess over the sport in the past few decades. They have displayed tremendous focus, strength and skill necessary to handle a football, and make it find the back of the net, through a maze of 11 opposing players. In a time when people are lapping up everything related to sports and are actively engaging in even virtual sports bets, women’s football is gaining more prominence than ever in various parts of the world. As women’s football continues to grow, both in level and popularity, let’s tell you about just 3 of the many popular female footballers who’ve made a significant impact on the women’s soccer journey so far.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan has been extremely successful both on and off the pitch and is a true inspiration to young athletes. She is recognised as a businesswoman, author, social media phenom, marketing icon and one of the biggest names in women’s football. Alex Morgan plays for Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is also the striker and captain for the National Soccer Team of United States. Getting drafted for the first time in the 2011 WPS Draft by Western New York Flash, Alex quickly rose to fame in the football world, becoming US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 and finalist of the FIFA World Player of the Year Award. She has performed exceedingly well for the clubs she has turned out for, as well as in her international appearances for the US National Soccer Team.

Just recently, Alex Morgan has entered popular culture by having a Barbie doll made in her image. She joins the likes of Messi and Ronaldo in the world of football action figures. The star forward returned to the training field with Beast Mode Soccer last month for the first time since the birth of her daughter on 7 May.

Marta

The star forward of the Brazilian National Women’s Soccer Team and Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League, Marta Vieira da Silva was the winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award for 5 consecutive years from 2006 to 2010. She won both the Golden Boot as well as the Golden Ball awards in the 2007 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Apart from her illustrious club career wherein she has performed amazingly well with Tyreso FF and FC Rosengard in the past, Marta has 110 goals to her credit in her 133 international appearances for Brazil’s National Soccer Team, since the year 2002.

Hope Solo

Hope Solo, USWNT goalkeeper

Considered one of the best goalkeepers to have played the sport, soccer fans across the world are in awe of two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Hope Amelia Solo. Holding the current US record for most number of career shutouts, Hope played soccer for the Washington University team at the college level. Thereafter, she turned pro and played for the Philadelphia Charge in the women’s United Soccer Association before a successful career with Seattle Reign FC and has also appeared in multiple television shows, including ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Hope Solo’s career came to an abrupt end in 2016 following her Olympic Games post-match interview in which she called the Swedish team “cowards” following USWNT’s quarterfinal exit. The controversy surrounding Solo’s actions off the pitch has robbed the game prematurely of one of the most talented keepers of our time.

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