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Sports More international goals than Ronaldo & Messi: Meet Christine Sinclair, Canada's record-breaking star

03:36  24 june  2021
03:36  24 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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What is Christine Sinclair 's international goalscoring record ? Sinclair ' s record currently stands at 186 goals in 297 games for Canada and she heads to another Olympic Games this summer as she aims to continue increasing the total. Sinclair has been to the World Cup a record number of four times as a captain and has scored at least one goal at five different tournaments, a record she shares with Marta. The forward is also the only person to have won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award more than once, a prestigious accolade given to Canada ' s female athlete of the year, and has been named

Christine Sinclair has scored more goals than anyone in the history of international soccer. For a famously soft-spoken player who prefers to let her play make all the noise, that says it all. Sinclair 's second goal in Canada ' s 11-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday was the 185th of her career, surpassing previous record holder Abby Wambach of the United States. The game was each team's opener in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. "Just unbelievable," Sinclair said on what it means to be soccer's most prolific goal scorer. "When I first started with the

Cristiano Ronaldo's brace against France at Euro 2020 has made him the greatest international goalscorer in men's football, level with Iran's Ali Daei.

As of that game against France, Ronaldo has scored 109 times in 178 games for his country, three of those in his nation's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign and seven coming at World Cup finals.

However, in order to become football's all-time top international goalscorer, Ronaldo needs to chase down the incredible tally of Christine Sinclair.

Who is Christine Sinclair?

Christine Sinclair is a forward, primarily playing as an attacking midfielder, who is the captain of both the Canada women's national team and the Portland Thorns.

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0:50 Canadian Christine Sinclair breaks international soccer record with 185th goal . Soccer star Christine Sinclair helps raise funds and awareness around multiple sclerosis – Aug 20, 2019. Added Canada Soccer president Steven Reed: “ Christine ’ s achievements have made her an icon in Canada . Sinclair ’ s 185 goals are more than Cristiano Ronaldo (99) and Pele (77) combined.

Christine Sinclair is a professional soccer player who has played as a striker for the Canada women' s national soccer team since 2000. As of April 9, 2021, her 186 goals in 297 matches ranks first in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player worldwide ahead of Abby

The 38-year-old has played in North America for her whole career, selected by FC Gold Pride as the eighth overall pick in the 2008 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) expansion draft after starring for the Portland Pilots while attending university.

She moved to Western New York Flash in 2011 and then joined the Thorns two years later, for the inaugural National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season, where she has remained ever since.

Sinclair has played at five World Cup finals and two Olympic Games for her country, winning two bronze medals. She has won both the WPS Championship and the NWSL Championship twice, lifted the NWSL Challenge Cup in 2021 and is widely regarded as Canada's greatest player of all time.

What is Christine Sinclair's international goalscoring record?

Sinclair's record currently stands at 186 goals in 297 games for Canada and she heads to another Olympic Games this summer as she aims to continue increasing the total.

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Sinclair set a new international goalscoring record in January 2020, scoring her 184th and 185th international goals against St Kitts and Nevis in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship.

"Thank you to everyone for all the messages. I'm slightly overwhelmed," she posted on Twitter afterwards. "Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, staff, friends and family, 185 would not have been possible without you."

The previous record was held by Abby Wambach, the former U.S. women's national team striker who twice won Olympic gold and also won the FIFA Women's World Cup. Wambach scored 184 goals in 255 games for her country before retiring in 2015.

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What other records does Christine Sinclair hold?

As well as being her country's all-time top goalscorer, Sinclair also has more caps (297) for Canada than anyone else, male or female. That total puts her fourth on the list of most capped players of all-time, behind the American trio of Kristine Lilly (354), Christie Pearce (311) and Carli Lloyd (304), with Lloyd still an active player.

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Cristiano Ronaldo reaches another famous landmark as his two penalties against France took him to 109 international goals , a joint world record . He is already the top scorer in club football' s top tournament, the European Cup/Champions League, a trophy he has won five times. Against France he became the top European scorer in men' s major tournaments with 20 goals across Euros and World Cups. He also became the top scorer in European Championship history against Hungary on Tuesday, 15 June and his tally is up to 13 now.

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Sinclair has been to the World Cup a record number of four times as a captain and has scored at least one goal at five different tournaments, a record she shares with Marta. At the Olympic Games, she holds the record for most goals scored in a single tournament, netting six at London 2012.

The forward is also the only person to have won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award more than once, a prestigious accolade given to Canada's female athlete of the year, and has been named Canadian Player of the Year an incredible 14 times.

Who else has more international goals than Ronaldo and Messi?

There are currently seven women's players who have more international goals than Ronaldo, two of whom remain active.

His 109 goals not only puts him level with Daei, who has held the men's record since 2006, but also with the U.S. women's national team forward Alex Morgan and Brazil's Marta on the women's side. Both remain active players and are set to head to the Olympic Games this summer with their countries, looking to extend their totals.

The women with more goals than Ronaldo are Scotland's Julie Fleeting (116), Lloyd (125) and Germany's Birgit Prinz (128), with the American trio of Lilly (130), Mia Hamm (158) and Wambach (184) then topped by Sinclair.

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Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is still chasing down the 100-mark in his international career, boasting a record of 73 goals in 147 games for Argentina. He is 13th on the all-time list for men's footballers, with India's Sunil Chhetri, the United Arab Emirates' Ali Mabkhout and Ronaldo the three active players above him.

*Note statistics correct as of June 23, 2021

Further reading

  • Euro 2020: The Ultimate Guide
  • Ronaldo & the top 20 men's international goalscorers
  • 'My journey is a little different to most' - Benfica star Lacasse on the brink of long-awaited Canada debut

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