- Representing USA
Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest women footballers of all time.
She has been a major factor behind the United States' dominance at major tournaments, helping the team win gold at the Olympic Summer Games Athens 2004 and at London 2012.
The American missed Beijing 2008 because of a broken leg, but her incredible career has seen many more highs then lows, including winning medals at all four of the Women’s World Cups in which she appeared.
Wambach earned World Cup gold in 2015, when the USA beat Japan in the final, and she also won bronze in 2003 and 2007, and silver in 2011.
She was named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, the first American to win the award in a decade. Wambach delivered one of the 2011 World Cup's most electrifying moments with an extra-time header to help beat Brazil in the quarter-finals, ending the tournament with the Bronze Boot and Silver Ball.
She has been named the US Soccer Athlete of the Year on six occasions and is the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team with a staggering world-record international goals tally of 184.
Wambach, the youngest of seven siblings, retired at the top, playing playing her last game in December 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the end of the USA's Victory Tour following the 2015 World Cup success.