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Top 10 players with the most goals in Women's World Cup history

Brazil's Marta Vieira da Silva is the leading goal scorer of the FIFA Women's World Cup with 17 goals to her name.

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The Women's World Cup remains as awaited as any other FIFA tournament and one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. The Golden Boot is an honorable and competitive prize and winning it in the biggest stage for the National team is something else. The biggest stars in women's football fight for their respective teams to help them reach the Final of the most precious competition of Football. Brazilian star, Marta is the player with the most goals in the Women's World Cup history. Here are the 10 all-time leading goals scored at the Women's World Cup over the years.

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Top 10 players with the most goals in Women's World Cup history

10. Heidi Mohr (Germany, 10 Goals)

The German sensation had 104 appearances for Germany's national team and won the 1989, 1991, and 1995 Women's EURO. She scored eight times at the European Championships and ten times at World Cups. With 83 career goals, she was Germany's all-time top scorer until Birgit Prinz overtook her in 2005. Mohr never won a World Cup with Germany but shined brightly at the 1991 edition by scoring seven of her total ten goals in China.

9. Carli Lloyd (USA, 10 Goals)

Carli Lloyd holds a record of scoring 123 international goals in 294 games. It is a record that shows Lloyd's standard as one of football's greatest ever. The 2015 World Cup in Canada was a memorable one for USA and Lloyd. Lloyd herself scored three goals in 16 minutes and received the Golden Ball as the competition's top player. She helped the team bring home a second straight win in 2019.

The USWNT legend has collected too many titles and awards but the biggest feat was becoming the first-ever player to score three goals in a Women's World Cup final and just the second in any senior World Cup after Geoff Hurst.

8. Ann-Kristin Aarones (Norway, 10 Goals)

Aarones was the top scorer at the 1995 World Cup in which Norway registered a 2-0 victory over Germany in the final. She also scored a hat-trick at this World Cup against Canada. Aarones was the tournament's top scorer with six goals, adding another four in 1999 to extend her tally to ten in just 11 games. Aarønes played 111 senior international matches for Norway between 1990 and 1999, scoring 60 goals.

7. Bettina Wiegmann (Germany, 11 Goals)

Wiegmann made over 150 appearances for Germany, scoring 51 goals, and was always clinical at World Cups. Bettina Wiegmann is one of the three players to score a total of at least three goals at three different women's World Cup tournaments alongside Abby Wambach and Marta doing so in 1991, 1995, and 1999 (exactly three goals in each tournament). Wiegmann never scored more than once in a single World Cup match, despite finding the net an impressive 11 times across 22 appearances.

6. Wen Sun (China, 11 Goals)

Wen Sun won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 1999 World Cup, but China lost to the USA on penalties in the final. Another player with a Women's World Cup hat trick to her name. She is the only Chinese player to ever score a hat trick in the competition thanks to her three goals against Ghana in 1999. She netted seven goals at the 1999 World Cup, with her last 4 in the competition coming in 2003.

5. Cristiane (Brazil, 11 Goals)

Cristiane was part of two Olympic gold-winning Brazil teams, scoring 14 goals. She scored four times across four matches at the 2019 World Cup in France, with three of those goals coming against Jamaica, making her the first Brazilian to score a hat-trick at the Women's World Cup since Sissi and Pretinha both did so against Mexico in June 1999 (7-1). Although she played a brilliant part to lead Brazil to their peak but never won the World Cup.

4. Michelle Akers (USA, 12 Goals)

The Legendary USA striker Michelle Akers scored 12 goals in just 13 matches at World Cup Finals, with eight of those coming in her first four games. She was named the FIFA Female Player of the Century. She scored 105 goals for USWNT. 12 of those came at World Cups, and it was in the 1991 and 1999 editions where she starred.

She was the leading scorer in the inaugural competition with ten goals including five in one game against Taiwan and won the Bronze Ball in 1999. Akers played just over 1,000 minutes at three World Cups (1,003), averaging a goal every 84 minutes. Michelle Akers is considered one of the greatest female footballers in the World.

3. Abby Wambach (USA, 14 Goals)

Abby Wambach has scored 184, making her the second top scorer in history. Wambach is also the all-time top scorer for the USWNT at least 26 more than any other player and 63 more than the next current member of the American squad, Alex Morgan (121). 14 of those came at World Cups. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award. She was the United States' leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics.

2. Birgit Prinz (Germany, 14 Goals)

Birgit Prinz was part of the German team that won consecutive World Cups in 2003 and 2007. Prinz is her nation's greatest-ever goal scorer with 128 at the international level. No other player scored more than 83 goals for Germany in Women's International Football. She scored crucial goals in the finals of those huge and important competitions against Sweden and Brazil.

She scored seven in six matches, helping Germany lift the trophy after beating Sweden in the final. Prinz scored in each of the first five matches of that tournament, making her one of just three players to ever find the net in five consecutive matches within the same Women's World Cup alongside England's Ellen White in 2019 and Heidi Mohr for Germany in 1991. 

1. Marta (Brazil, 17 Goals)

No player scored as many goals at the Women's World Cup as the Brazilian striker Marta, who has scored 17 times in just 20 appearances across an impressive five tournaments. Canada's Christine Sinclair and Marta hold the record for most FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments with at least one goal.

Marta made her World Cup debut in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 214 days but didn't need long to score her first goal. Marta's 17 goals are the most in World Cup history. That includes the men's version, with Germany's Miroslav Klose also behind on 16. However, She was never able to lead Brazil to World Cup glory, with second place in 2007 being the closest.

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