The Women’s World Cup has produced some exciting matches with the usual glory, and heartbreak fans have come to expect from tournaments of this kind. At the time of writing, there are four teams remaining in the competition, battling it out to become champions of the world.
The current holders are the United States of America, and they must be feeling they have a good chance at lifting the trophy again, especially as they defeated France the favourites in the competition.
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So who are the women that have shined in the competition?
Alex Morgan, United States
The American forward plays like she on a mission every match. Playing in her prime at 25 years, it is clear she is goal hungry and a hot contender for the Golden Boot. With potentially two games to go, she will be hoping to put her ruthless left foot to good use.
She has earned praise for her athleticism, movement, and ability to head the ball.
Lotta Schelin, Sweden
Lotta Schelin is arguably Sweden’s inspiration in the tournament. As a forward, she has literally led from the front leading her team on the pitch and out of the ‘group of death’. She has experience in abundance playing 148 times for Sweden and scoring 78 goals, an excellent strike rate in anyone’s book.
Megan Rapinoe, United States
Megan Rapinoe had a slow start to the tournament scoring only once in the group stage but produced when it counted helping America knockout its two opponents includingtournament favourites France.
Rapinoe, like Morgan, is on the cusp of winning the Golden Boot. Both are joined by the next player in the list, England’s Ellen White.
England’s Ellen White netted her fifth goal in the country’s 3-0 win over Norway tying her with Morgan and Rapinoe as the tournament’s top scorers. All three women could potentially win the Golden Boot.
White has had a good tournament so far, and her manager believes she is the best forward in the competition.
Although the focus is on the potential Golden Boot Winners, Dutch wing wizard Lieke Martens may steal the crown. She has netted three times for the Netherlands so far and must be relishing the chance to work her magic against the Swedes.
She was named Fifa’s player of the year in 2017, and it is clear she has the passion and the heart to do great things in the game.
The Netherlands men’s team has arguably suffered from too much egalitarianism to perform at their potential and play as a team. If the women’s team can keep playing the way they are and with players as athletic as Martens, they must be feeling quietly confident at winning the whole thing.
The tournament so far has been engaging and a success. Given the television coverage, it can’t fail to make an impact on the wider sport and do wonders for women’s sport in particular.