Last week, Canada’s Christine Sinclair became the all-time goalscoring leader when she scored her 185th international goal against St. Kitts and Nevis in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifier. She passed Abby Wambach, the United States Women’s National Team legend who had a record that many thought was unbreakable by everyone except Sinclair. Sinclair, who scored her 186th goal last night in a win over Mexico, will have several more chances to add to her total before she retires.
Now that Sinclair has the record, many have called it one that is completely unbreakable. The next active women on the list is Carli Lloyd with 121 goals, and Marta and Alex Morgan with 107 each. On the men’s side, Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s active leader with 99 international goals, but he turns 35 today. Neymar is 27 years old and has 61 goals for Brazil, but those are the only likely candidates outside of the United States that have even a remote shot if they get lucky.
There are a few American players who may have a chance if they pick up the pace and have a little luck. Mallory Pugh has 18 goals and she’s only 21 and Christian Pulisic has 14 goals at age 21. Christen Press has 52 goals, but at age 31, her window may not be big enough to get the goals she needs to mount a challenge. Still, with the way the international game is now, it will be extremely difficult for any player, American or not, to catch Sinclair’s final goal total, which may go well over 200 international goals.
So, the Community Corner question this week is: do you think anyone can ever catch Christine Sinclair’s record? Hit the comments and let us know what you think. If you think someone will catch it, let us know who that person will be.