Women’s World Cup 2019: Here are the top 10 players to watch in France

There’s no question the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will bring a talented field as 24 nations are set to compete for one title.

But with 552 players making the trip to France, it begs the question – who are the players to watch when the tournament gets underway Friday?

Let’s take a look at 10 players who are sure to make an impact:

Christine Sinclair – Canada, forward

After spending more than 19 years on Canada’s national team, Sinclair brings an enormous amount of experience to this year’s World Cup. She’s Canada’s all-time leading scorer and she sits second on the women’s all-time scoring list with 181. She trails only American Abby Wambach (184), but that could change after France. Her impressive resume doesn’t stop there, though, as she is third all-time with 281 caps and she’s the only non-U.S. player with more than 225, according to Opta.

The forward has helped Canada fight for a spot on the world stage in each of the last four World Cups. This year’s tournament may be the 35-year-old Sinclair’s last chance to win the most coveted trophy in the sport.

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Other notable accomplishments:

  • Two-time CONCACF Women’s Best XI (2018, 2016)
  • 14-time Canadian Female Player of the Year (2000, 2004-14, 2016, 2018)
  • Two-time Olympic bronze medalist (London 2012, Rio 2016)
  • Golden Boot FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2004)
  • Golden Ball FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2002)
  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup All-Star Team (2002)

Alex Morgan – United States, forward

Morgan’s unique combination of athleticism, anticipation and technical ability has elevated her to the top of the game. Since joining the USWNT in 2010, she has scored 101 international goals (the sixth-most in U.S. history) in 163 caps. When she scored her 100th career USWNT goal earlier this year, she became the third-youngest player and fourth-fastest player to reach that feat.

Morgan played a major role in helping the U.S. make it to the World Cup in 2011 – where she was the youngest player on the national team – and then she led her nation to a championship in 2015. It’s hard to believe Morgan’s just 29 years old with all that she’s already accomplished. She’ll certainly be one to keep a close eye on in France as she continues to build her international resume.

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Other notable accomplishments:

  • Olympic Gold Medal (2012)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015), Runner-up (2011)
  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Champion (2008)
  • Four Nations Tournament Champion (2011)
  • SheBelieves Cup (2016, 2018)
  • CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2014, 2018)

Marta – Brazil, forward

Marta Vieira da Silva has established herself as one of the greatest players the tournament has ever seen. She holds the record for most goals scored at Women’s World Cup tournaments with 15, sitting just ahead of Germany’s Birgit Prinz and the USA’s Abby Wambach, who both have 14. Marta has earned 110 international goals to make her Brazil’s leading scorer and she’s tied for seventh on the all-time scoring list. With high soccer intelligence, strength and speed, Marta is expected to carry Brazil through the 2019 tournament.

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Other notable accomplishments:

  • Two Pan American Games titles (2003, 2007)
  • Three-time Sudamericano Femenino Champion (2003, 2010, 2018)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Runner-up (2007)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball (2007)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe (2007)
  • Two-time Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008)
  • Five-time winner of FIFA World Player of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Four-time Runner-up of FIFA World Player of the Year (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Copa Libertadores de Futbol Femenino Golden Ball (2009)
  • U-20 World Cup Golden Ball (2004)

Megan Rapinoe – United States, forward

Veteran Rapinoe is another key player the Americans will rely on to be a strong playmaker. After joining the U.S. national team in 2006, she quickly became known for her crafty style of play on the international level. She has been a consistent scorer with 44 goals in 153 caps, and she’s known for coming up with big assists as she ranks fifth in USWNT history with 57.

One of her most memorable plays came when she delivered a 45-yard cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil. Wambach then scored off a header, which eventually led to a win for the Americans.

Other notable accomplishments:

  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (2015), Runner-up (2011)
  • Olympic gold medalist (London 2012)
  • Four Nations Tournament Champion (2011)
  • SheBelieves Cup Champion (2018)
  • CONCACAF Women’s Champion (2014, 2018)

Sam Kerr – Australia, forward

Kerr has emerged as Australia’s first marquee player and she’s only going to bring more attention to the sport in her nation. She was only 15 years old when she made her international debut in a match against Italy in February 2009. From there, she continued to flourish, scoring 31 goals in 77 appearances. While playing in the National Women’s Soccer League – where she currently represents the Chicago Red Stars – Kerr has been the league’s leading scorer in each of the last two seasons.

Kerr, 25, may be young, but she will be powerful in France.

Other notable accomplishments:

  • Tournament of Nations Champion (2017)
  • Cup of Nations Champion (2019)
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup Champion (2010)
  • AFF U-16 Women’s Champion (2009)

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By: Chelsea Howard

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