Abby Wambach (USA)
Wambach was born in 1980 in Rochester, New York, USA, who has twice won the Olympic gold medal and won the women’s football world championship. She played for the US team starting in 2001 and holds the record as the football player (both men and women) with the most number of goals in American football history with 184 goals.
The female striker won the award for Best Female Player in 2012. She was named in the list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015 voted by Time. Wambach officially retired after the match against China on December 16, 2015.
Homare Sawa (Japan)
Sawa was born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan, and she is considered a legend of the female Japanese shadow. Sawa won the Ballon d’Or and the Golden Boot in 2011 after joining Japan to win their first women’s World Cup.
Christine Sinclair (Canada)
Christine Sinclair was born in 1983 as a Canadian striker, captain of the Canadian national women’s team. She spent over 15 years with the national team. At the age of 33, Christine Sinclair overcame Wambach with a record 162 goals in 230 games.
Nadine Angerer (Germany)
Nadine Angerer was born in 1978 as a German football goalkeeper. She is reminded by many people and remembered for her amazing ball blocking.
Nadine Angerer started her football career at ASV Hofstetten as a striker. She was discovered to be a talented goalkeeper when she happened to be replacing an injured main keeper when she entered the youth league.
The female goalkeeper has won the World Cup with Germany twice (2003, 2007) and 5 times the European championships (1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013). In 2014, she won the FIFA Golden Ball for Women. She became the first female goalkeeper to win the award.