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The Top 10 Best Female Footballers in the World 2020

The top 10 best female footballers in the world is an annual global ranking of the best female footballers. The list was started by The Offside Rule podcast in 2016. Since 2018 it has also been published in association with the British newspaper The Guardian who have published the male equivalent since its inception in 2012.

1. Marta (Brazilian)

The Top 10 Best Female Footballers in the World 2020


Full name: Marta Vieira da Silva 

Date of birth: 19 February 1986

Height: 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)

Playing position(s): Forward 

Current team: Orlando Pride

Instagram:@martavsilva10

Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward. Marta is often regarded as the greatest female player of all time. She has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being consecutive (from 2006 through 2010) and the latest award coming in 2018. With 17 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments. Moreover, she is the first footballer of either gender to score at five World Cup editions, a feat matched by Christine Sinclair in 2019.

2. Ada Hegerberg (Norwegian)

Ada Hegerberg


Full name: Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg

Date of birth: 10 July 1995 

Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)

Playing position(s): Striker 

Current team: Olympique Lyonnais

Instagram: @ahegerberg

The Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais. She has previously played for Kolbotn and Stabæk in Toppserien.  Hegerberg has represented Norway at the youth international level, and made her debut for the senior team in 2011. In 2013, she was a part of the silver medalist team at the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship. She was on team Norway at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2017 UEFA Women's Championship.  Hegerberg was awarded the 2016 UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award on 25 August 2016, and in 2017 and 2019 was named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year. In 2018 she was the first-ever recipient of the Ballon d'Or Féminin. She holds the record for most goals in a UEFA Women's Champions League season.

3. Lucy Bronze (English)

Lucy Bronze


Full name: Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze

Date of birth: 28 October 1991

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.72 m)

Playing position(s): Full back

Current team: Olympique Lyonnais

Instagram: @lucybronze

Bronze represented England at all youth levels before featuring in the full national squad at Euro 2013. She played in the 2015 World Cup, helping England to third place, and the 2019 World Cup in which they finished fourth. She has won the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year award twice – in 2014, and again in 2017. In 2018 and 2020, she was named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year. In 2019, she became the first English footballer to win the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award.

4. Megan Rapinoeac (American)

Megan Rapinoeac


Full name: Megan Anna Rapinoe

Date of birth: July 5, 1985

Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)

Playing position(s): Midfielder, winger

Instagram: @mrapinoe

Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. Winner of the Ballon d'Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019, Rapinoe won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and she played for the team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where the U.S. finished in second place. Since 2018, she co-captains the national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France's Division 1 Féminine.

5. Samantha Kerr (Australian)

Samantha Kerr


Full name: Samantha May Kerr

Date of birth: 10 September 1993

Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing position(s): Forward

Current team: Chelsea

Instagram: @samanthakerr20

Kerr started her career at age 15 with Perth Glory where she played from 2008–2012, before transferring to Sydney FC. In 2013, she joined the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the NWSL and helped lead the team to win the NWSL Shield. She later played for Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars in the same league. Kerr earned her first senior international cap in 2009 at the age of 15 and has represented Australia at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup tournaments. On the world stage, she has been in the Australian squad since 2009 and competed at the 2011, 2015, and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups as well as the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

6. Amandine Henry (French)

Amandine Henry


Full name: Amandine Chantal Henry

Date of birth: 28 September 1989

Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)

Playing position(s): Defensive midfielder

Current team: Olympique Lyon

Instagram: @amandine_henry

Amandine Chantal Henry is a French football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for Olympique Lyon and the French national team. A former women's youth international having played all levels, Henry made her senior international debut in 2009. She has captained the national team since October 2017. Henry was awarded the Silver Ball Award as the tournament's 2nd Best Player at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Henry was also named among the best players in Europe in 2015, becoming a finalist in the annual UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award, finishing 2nd behind Célia Šašić.

7. Christine Sinclair (Canadian)

Christine Sinclair


Full name: Christine Margaret Sinclair

Date of birth: June 12, 1983

Height: 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Playing position(s): Forward, attacking midfielder

Current team: Portland Thorns

Instagram: @c_sinc12

Christine Margaret Sinclair is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). Sinclair has won championships with three professional teams: the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, the 2011 WPS Championship with Western New York Flash, and the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships with Portland Thorns FC. She won the national collegiate Division I championship twice, in 2002 and 2005, with the University of Portland. In 2012, she won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year, and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's female athlete of the year.

8. Lieke Martens (Dutch)

Lieke Martens


Full name: Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens

Date of birth: 16 December 1992

Height: 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)

Playing position(s): Midfielder/winger

Current team: Barcelona

Instagram: @liekemartens

Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens is a Dutch footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Barcelona Femení and the Netherlands women's national team. In 2017, she was named UEFA Women's Player of the Year and FIFA Women's Player of the Year.

9. Pernille Harder (Danish)

Pernille Harder


Full name: Pernille Mosegaard Harder

Date of birth: 15 November 1992

Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing position(s): Midfielder/Striker

Current team: VfL Wolfsburg

Instagram: @pharder10

Pernille Mosegaard Harder is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a Midfielder or striker for VfL Wolfsburg and in 2018 was named Europe's best female footballer. She also plays for Danish national team and She was on the team that won silver at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. She was only 23 years old when she was named the national team leader in March 2016 and She made her debut for the national team in 2009.

10. Ellen White (English)

Ellen White


Full name: Ellen Toni White

Date of birth: 9 May 1989

Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Playing position(s): Forward

Current team: Manchester City

Instagram: @ellsbells89

Ellen Toni White is an English international footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester City and the England national team. With England, she has played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two tournaments.


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