Five of the greatest women footballers of all time

1.Lily Parr. This might not be a name that people know very well, but she’s truly one of the greatest footballers, not only for her skill on the pitch, but also off the pitch. Women were banned from playing association football in the UK until 1921 but nevertheless Parr was able to rise lots of money for charity for her team Preston Ladies and Dick. Being a chain-smoker didn’t stop her from scoring 967 goals for her team, which was just under one-third of all the points scored by her team in its existence.

2. Silke Rottenberg is one of the best goalkeepers to come out of Germany. In 2003 Germany became the first women’s team to when back-to-back championships a lot of that was due to Rottenberg’s goalkeeping. In eight matches she conceded a total of only four goals, including two games in which she conceded none. She retired in 2008 but not before appearing 125 times.

3. Any list of great women footballer’s would be incomplete without Pia Sundhage. She was the coach for the USA team that led them to two consecutive gold medal wins in the 2008 and then 2012 Olympics. Before than however she was an amazing forward who scored 71 goals for Sweden in 146 international matches. So honoured was she in Sweden that in the late 1980s she even appeared on a stamp.

4. Brazil’s Sisleide Lima do Amor, more after called Sissi, was a massive threat to any opposing team when set pieces were concerned. She was so naturally talented that she joined Brazil’s national team in 1983 at the age of only 16. Perhaps more impressive still was the longevity of her career. She was still playing for the nation team in 2000 at the age of 40 in Sydney when Brazil placed fourth. And in 1999 at the women’s World Cup she was shared the Golden Boot award with China’s Sun Wen.

5. Hege Riise was such a motivated player that for the first eight years of her footballing life (from 6 – 14) she played on a boy’s team. Riise played as a midfielder and dominating the pitch when doing so. She was born in 1968 and when she retired in 2014 Riise had kicked the ball into the net 58 times of the span of 188 matches, which was also (and still remains) a national record in Norway.