Women’s World Cup top scorers: Who has scored most goals in FIFA tournament history?

Marta Brazil women

Every player dreams of scoring a goal at the World Cup, and for those who do, it is often the highlight of a player’s career.

While some players will only put the ball in the back of the net once at the World Cup, others are lucky enough to make a name for themselves with their ability to score on the biggest stage of all.

Some of these players are expected to feature in Australia and New Zealand at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the hope of leading their countries to victory and the World Cup trophy.

Some of those players are expected to be performing in Australia and New Zealand at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, hoping to lead their countries to victory and a World Cup trophy.

Women’s World Cup top scorers all-time

Brazil’s Marta has scored the most goals in World Cup history, with 17 in 20 World Cup matches, starting at the 2007 World Cup where Brazil lost in the final to Germany.

Marta’s record is the highest at the World Cup for both men and women, which is a phenomenal record to hold.

Two players sit behind her, with USA’s Abby Wambach and Germany’s Birgit Prinz each scoring 14 goals at the World Cup. Prinz has the most non-penalty goals in World Cup history.

American striker Michelle Akers sits in fourth on the all-time list with 12 goals over two tournaments, while Brazilian Cristiane, China’s Sun Wen and Germany’s Bettina Wiegmann each scored 11 goals for their country at the World Cup.

Though Cristiane is still active, she will not get a chance to increase her total in 2023 after being left out of Brazil’s squad.

Player Country Goals Matches Years
Marta* Brazil 17 20 2007-2019
Birgit Prinz Germany 14 24 1995-2007
Abby Wambach USA 14 25 2003-2015
Michelle Akers USA 12 13 1991, 1999
Cristiane Brazil 11 21 2007-2019
Sun Wen China 11 20 1991-2003
Bettina Wiegmann Germany 11 22 1991-2003
Ann-Kristin Aarones Norway 10 11 1995-1999
Carli Lloyd USA 10 25 2011-2019
Heidi Mohr Germany 10 12 1991-1995
Christine Sinclair* Canada 10 21 2003-2019

Most goals in single Women’s World Cup

The record for the most goals at a single World Cup is currently held by Michelle Akers, who scored 10 of her 12 World Cup goals at the inaugural 1991 tournament the USA would end up winning.

Sun Wen and Brazil’s Sissi scored seven goals each at the 1999 tournament, whilst Birgit Pirinz and Marta top scored in 2003 and 2007, respectively, with seven goals.

At the last World Cup in 2019, Megan Rapinoe was the Golden Boot winner, scoring six goals as she helped the USA win their second tournament in a row.

World Cup Player Country Goals
1991 Michelle Akers USA 10
1991 Heidi Mohr Germany 7
1999 Sun Wen China 7
1999 Sissi Brazil 7
2003 Birgit Prinz Germany 7
2007 Marta Brazil 7

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