Women’s football has certainly come a long way over the last few years and it is starting to get the coverage it deserves.
The World Cup of football in 2019 was a hugely successful tournament that gathered plenty of interest from those that had never really taken a moment’s notice of the female game, whilst the last few years have seen the game in England increase at an exponential rate.
Clubs female teams were starting to become fully professional, they started to play games at the stadiums of the men’s football team and also had their matches shown more and more on television as the demands for the game became increasingly higher from those wanting to watch.
Of course, the Women’s game has been around a lot longer than the past few years, but it just goes to show how well some of their football players have been playing in order to get the attention that they have been receiving as of late.
With that being said, who were the best female football players of 2019?
Still only 26 years old, Sam Kerr has continued her ascent to the top of the charts in quick time because of her ability to score goals. The Australian forward continued to break records in America with her exploits in front of goal for Chicago Red Stars, which subsequently earned her a move to Chelsea in the winter.
She has been hugely prolific throughout her career, regardless of what level she is playing at. She broke the NWSL record twice by hitting 16 and then 18 goals in campaigns, whereas she has almost netted a goal in every other game for Australia – 42 goals in 87 appearances.
It is claimed that Kerr has a net worth of an estimated $1 Million – $5 Million.
There has been an argument that Lucy Bronze is the best female football player in the world and those that share that opinion would be certainly in the right to have her on that particular topic of discussion.
The Olympique de Lyonnais and England international defender was recently crowned UEFA’s Player of the Year and was a nominee for the highly coveted Ballon d’Or award as well.
She once again won the league with Lyon and another Champions League in devastating fashion against Barcelona and one would expect there is still plenty to come from the 28-year-old in the future.
Women’s salaries in the game are hard to find, however, it is believed Lyon are the best paying female team in the world and players earn an average of €162,000 (£140,000) a year whereas she also earns £25,000 a year playing for England.
Megan Rapinoe is perhaps one of the most famous female footballers currently in the game and appears to make things count when it matters most. She had a poor campaign with Reign FC in the States however she stepped things up in France during the World Cup and helped guide her nation to success with a number of goals in crucial games.
The midfielder won a number of awards because of her success at the major tournament, having been crowned the Ballon d’Or winner, won the World Cup’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards, as well as being named in the FIFPro World XI after a Player of the Match award in the final of the competition.
The 34-year-old is believed to be worth an estimated $3million.
Ada Hegerberg has routinely been at the top of the list when it comes down to the best female footballers in the game, and it is hardly a surprise to see why when she has the ability to score 20 goals in 14 games by the time November is over. The Lyon star has all the tools required to be the best striker in the game, as she has a unique ability to find the back of the net any way she likes.
The Norwegian scored an incredible 16-minute hat-trick in the first half-hour which devastated Barcelona and sealed a third European trophy in a row for her club, whilst her own award cabinet is getting fuller with each year that passes. She was the inaugural winner of the woman’s Ballon d’Or trophy in 2018.
Things have just got better for Hegerberg as well, as the 24-year-old’s estimated net worth of between $1m-$5m will have significantly increased as she recently signed a 10-year contract with Nike.
Amandine Henry continues to rise up the rankings with every year that passes and continues her ascent to the top as the best-ranked midfielder by many in the female football leagues. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she is another of the players Lyon have on their books that arguably makes the French outfit the best in the world.
Henry does not score many goals, however, it is her ability on the ball that catches the eye as she is able to make pinpoint passes with precision and is able to dictate the play for her team, making her worthy of her rank.
It is believed the France national captain has an estimated net worth of $1million.
Still only 23-years-old, plenty will be expected of Vivianne Miedema if she continues to have campaigns like the 2018/19. The Arsenal forward was in lethal form for the Gunners, as she bagged five goals in the first five games before adding a further six more to win the title for the north London outfit for the first time in seven years.
That goalscoring form has also continued for the Netherlands, as she has already become the nation’s leading scorer following an impressive World Cup outing. Her form continued into the season before it was cancelled, with seven goals across two Champions League matches against Slavia Prague and then she was involved in ten of the goals that were scored against Bristol City in the WSL (scoring six and providing four).
As with the other women on the list, net worth is best-guessed at just over $1m, although it would be easy to assume it is a fair bit more than that with sponsorship deals like Adidas all signed up.
Rose Lavelle has had her fair share of injuries already in a rather short career, however, when he has been fit, she has certainly shown everyone that she can be one of the best female footballers in the world. The 25-year-old currently plays her football with Washington Spirit and although she may not have had the best NWSL season, she shone at the World Cup and provided the USWNT with some top performances with a winning contribution against the Netherlands in the final included.
It is rumoured Lavelle’s net worth is between $100,000 and $1m, but like the others in the list, it would be wise to believe it to be nearer the larger figure.
There would be a valid argument to suggest that Pernille Harder should still be considered as one of the very best female footballers in the game and just because Denmark did not make the World Cup finals, that should not have a huge impact on her ranking.
Indeed, the forward had an excellent season for Wolfsburg and continued to show that she can find the back of the net almost as many times as any other forward in the Women’s game has been able to. Harder hit 24 goals in 17 Bundesliga matches this season before it was cut short, with a number of hat-tricks having been smashed in for good measure.
Harder has been named Danish Footballer of the Year six times, having won the award the last five years in a row.
The second French female to make the list of the best footballers of 2019 is Wendie Renard. A centre-back by trade, the 29-year-old has been remarkably consistent over the course of her career and is rightly considered to be one of the best defenders the women’s game has ever seen.
Captain of the French women’s national team, and of course, the leader of French giants Lyon, Renard continues to show how things should be done at both ends of the pitch. Although defensively sound, she is extremely accomplished in the opponent’s penalty box as well as she netted eight times last season and continued that good form in the 2019/20 campaign.
Perhaps the only thing that can be described as a negative from her career to date is France’s failure to win the World Cup, although she has been able to do pretty much win everything else in her 15 years at Lyon.
Eugénie Le Sommer
A fifth player from Lyon women’s squad rounds up the top 10 – perhaps going on to prove why the club is so successful – as Eugenie Le Sommer continues to be an extremely important member of the side and one of the top female player around.
Her goals have been crucial in helping the French powerhouses maintain their dominance in the competitions that they play in as the 30-year-old has proven to be consistent for a number of years. Bagging 13 goals last season, she has scored 163 goals in 175 matches since joining in 2010 – which is incredibly impressive when she has to share the stage with Ada Hegerberg more often than not.
Le Sommer is on the cusp of breaking Marinette Pichon’s goal scoring record of 81 for the national team, therefore likely to add another accolade to an extraordinary career.
Julie Ertz is arguably the best female defensive midfielder in the world, as she has played critical roles for her club and the national side. Plying her trade for Chicago Red Stars, she helped them reach the NWSL final and then went on to help the USWNT lift the World Cup in the summer.
Once an exceptional defender, the 28-year-old provides an amazing level of versatility, making her even more important to Chicago and the national side and has been recognised as the player of the year for her country on two separate occasions, in 2017 and 2019.
Those accomplishments are believed to have earned her a net worth of around $3million.
Women’s football may not have yet the attention it deserves, but we believe it’s just a matter of time until they reach the fair place they deserve. Betting on women’s football events can be much more interesting for sports betting gamblers as these are way more unpredictable and exciting if you’re looking for some fun.
Top Women Football Players In The World
Let’s be honest, they might never reach the quality or the speed of men, but this top female footballers list is filled with respectful quality. Women sports leagues tend to be ignored by the majority of sports fans but these players are proving that’s not just a rude strike from fans but also a very naive way of thinking as there are plenty of excellent female players ready to blow your mind.
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