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The 5 Best Female Footballers In The World
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The 5 Best Female Footballers In The World

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Girls' Football Week is a national campaign to get as many girls/women as possible interested in the game. It’s a brilliant opportunity to become active, have fun and meet new friends. Here are a few of the most inspiring female football players that have graced the fields to date.

1. Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan
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After the 26-year-old suffered a serious injury to the knee, Morgan's World Cup dream was over before it had even started. However, she claimed back her health and fitness to begin all seven of the USA's victorious Canada campaigns, scoring and gaining crucial penalties against Germany and Columbia. The National Women's Soccer League, world and Olympic champion - of whom is a best-selling author with The Kicks series, became one of the very first female players to appear on the cover of FIFA 16, alongside Messi on the United States edition.

2. Amandine Henry

Amandine Henry
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Henry, the 26-year-old was awarded the Silver Ball award at the FIFA Women's World Cup, finishing in second behind Sasic in UEFA's Best Women's Player in Europe Award. Clearly, 2015 was Henry's year. The defensive midfielder did the League and Cup double with Lyon, scoring a wonder goal in the group stages of the World Cup against Mexico, which was described as "a dream come true".

3. Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd. Image courtesy of the New York Post

The 33-year-old has cemented her place in the history books with a whopping 200 caps to her name. If there's a particular time from the women's 2015 game that will be long-lasting in public memory, it's the US Women's National Team captain's goal that was performed from the halfway line against Japan in July. Lloyd is responsible for championing her team across the line at the biggest Women's World Cup in history, aiding them to significantly finish a wait of 16 years to get their hands back on the trophy they consider to be theirs already.

4. Celia Sasic

Celia Sasic
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2015 was definitely one of the most successful year's of the 27-year-old Sasic's career, with individual, club and international honours galore. To many people's surprise, it is also her last year as a professional footballer. In July 2016, she announced her retirement.

A prior international of Germany, Sasic collected the Golden Boot at Canada's World Cup, in spite of Germany finishing in fourth. Sasic also swept up the Bundesliga's top-scorer award for the second season running and aided Frankfurt into Champions League victory early on in May '16.

Hanging up her boots alongside 111 German caps and with 63 international goals to her name, Sasic has stated her wish to pursue "new things in life".

5. Aya Miyama

Aya Miyama
Aya Miyama, Image courtesy of Zimbio

In order to represent her country at a fourth world cup, Miyama has paired up with Lloyd and Sasic in '16 for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Award, after an instrumental in Japan dashed to a second successive final.

Assisting Japan's late quarter-final winner against Australia and forcing one of her side's consolation goals in the deciding tournament, the captain made the winning score against Switzerland.

The 156 cap holder and two-time Asian Player, also aided Japan in reaching their first AFC Women's Asian Cup title in Vietnam. She was also called the tournament's Most Valuable Player.


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