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The Trailblazers That Paved The Way
Toffee Club’s marketing assistant Aimee Olivas talks about two iconic female players who have inspired generations of young fans and players during their time on the pitch.
When this summer ends, it’s likely that some of the most influential football stars will be retiring from representing their country on the world’s greatest stage. It’s hard to imagine the day when someone you aspire to be like will no longer play the beautiful game. You often think of them as heroes who will never go away. You’ve seen them through the glory of trophies and through the pain of injury and defeat. You’ve followed every moment in their career. The sweat and sacrifice they have put in for the game and their country has paved the way for the generations behind them.
In this blog I highlight two players who will be greatly missed upon their retirement.
Christine Sinclair (Canada)
On March 14th, 2000, over 19 years ago, the Canadian captain scored her first international goal. This summer she is expected to break the world record for the most international goals scored. Heading into her fifth World Cup, and likely her last, Sinclair has given us many moments that we will cherish forever. A Mac Hermann trophy winner and two-time collegiate champion, she has won four professional championships and has been awarded Gold Cup, Pan American and Olympic medals. The only thing missing from her trophy case is a World Cup title.
There are many things she has earned the right to boast about, but this humble leader always speaks of her accomplishments as a team effort. Her legacy will continue in the game of the young athletes she has taken under wing in the likes of Jessie Fleming, Jordyn Huitema and many more.
Miraildes Maciel Mota, commonly known as Formiga, is set to break yet another record when she competes in her seventh World Cup, a feat never accomplished before by male or female. In addition, she will be the oldest player to play in a World Cup. Her love for her country is what brought her back to break this record, having previously retired from national team duty. Formiga came back with the sole purpose of helping her country qualify for the 2019 World Cup and after achieving that she has decided to help her country try to win the entire tournament.
Formiga, meaning ant in Portuguese, is a nickname she earned for her hard-working style of play. Formiga might not be the most well-known footballer in her country, but she has supported star players like Marta and allowed her country to get the attention it deserves.
For all the contributions that they have made on and off the field, we thank these great players. The sport could not be what it is if it weren’t for them and it won't be the same without them.