There’s Christine Sinclair, the freshly minted Olympic gold medalist with Canada and top scorer in international history, men’s or women’s. Abby Wambach, whose record Sinclair smashed last year, has to be there.
So does 1999 United States World Cup-winning captain Michelle Akers, whom many consider the best player ever. You can make a case for Akers’ fellow Americans Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm, as well as for Brazil’s Marta, Germany's Birgit Prinz and China's Sun Wen.
And, finally, you simply can't leave Carli Lloyd out of the conversation.
Written by: Doug McIntyre