As women’s soccer continues to grow in popularity and global recognition, the talent and skill of female players around the world have reached new heights. In this article, we will explore the top 20 female soccer players in 2023, showcasing their achievements and contributions to the sport. From record-breaking scorers to exceptional defenders, these players have left an indelible mark on the beautiful game.
These top 20 female soccer players have demonstrated exceptional skill, talent, and dedication to their career. They have inspired countless young girls and women to pursue their dreams and have helped to elevate the sport of women’s soccer to new heights. Join us as we celebrate their achievements and contributions to the beautiful game
1. Alexia Putellas – Barcelona & Spain
Alexia Putellas, captain of the Barcelona women’s team and the first player to win the Ballon d’Or twice in a row, is hardly unknown to anyone. She also won the FIFA Best Women’s Player award in 2022, but the small forward suffered an ACL injury just before Spain’s opening match at the UEFA Women’s Euros.
She must hurry if she hopes to be ready for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2023. Despite a lengthy injury layoff, she remains one of the world’s best female players.
2. Aitana Bonmatí – Barcelona & Spain
There is a reason why women’s football in Spain is growing and why the Barcelona women’s team has been among the top women’s club teams in the world for the past three years. One of them is the abundance of Aitana Bonmati and other notable players on the team.
In addition to being named to the official team of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 competition, Bonmati was a 2022 Ballon d’Or nominee. She has six goals in six UEFA Women’s Champions League matches this season, and injuries permitting, she will be a player to watch at the women’s World Cup.
Alex Morgan – San Diego Wave & USA
Alex Morgan, at 33 years old, remains a major force in women’s soccer. She scored 16 goals in 19 NWSL games this season and led the US women’s national team to the 2022 CONCACAF women’s tournament.
Morgan has played over 200 times for the US women’s national team and scored 119 goals. She is expected to compete in her last FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. If the United States wins, she would have won three medals overall.
Beth Mead – Arsenal & England
Beth Mead holds the record for both most assists and second-most goal contributions in the history of the WSL. She played a key role in England’s success at the UEFA Women’s Euros in 2022, finishing as the player and top scorer of the tournament. She came in second place for the Ballon d’Or award in 2022.
Now that England’s women’s national team is aiming to win its first FIFA women’s World Cup, more is expected of her. At the age of 27, she still has a lot to offer to women’s soccer.
Fridolina Rolfö – Barcelona & Sweden
Before joining Barcelona in 2021, 29-year-old Fridolina Rolfo played for several prestigious teams, including Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich. The Swedish attacker was a member of the Swedish team that advanced to the UEFA Women’s Euro Championship semifinals.
She has already scored three goals and provided three assists in the Liga Femenina this season. Additionally, she contributed nine goals as Barcelona won the Liga Femenina last year.
Caroline Graham Hansen – Barcelona & Norway
Last season, Caroline Hansen contributed six goals and 14 assists as Barcelona once again won La Liga. The fact that Hansen recovered from a health issue made it even more impressive.
Her efforts for Norway at the UEFA Women’s Euros competition the previous year were not very successful. However, since 2011, the 27-year-old has scored 44 goals in 97 national team outings.
Lucy Bronze – Barcelona & England
Lucy Bronze, a well-known female soccer player who played on the team that won the European Championship for the Lionesses, continues to compete at the highest level of the sport. She is considered one of the top defenders in women’s soccer right now. In the summer of 2022, Bronze joined Barcelona, where she is expected to stay.
The 31-year-old’s stellar career has seen her play for Manchester City, Liverpool, and Lyon. She remains a key player for both her club and country.
Ada Hegerberg – Lyon & Norway
Ada Hegerberg, a former female Ballon d’Or winner who plays forward for Norway, is still very much significant in the context of soccer and is now among the top 10 female players. She was a member of the Olympic Lyon team that fell to Barcelona in the UEFA women’s Champions League final in Turin the previous year.
She has won 15 league championships in 16 seasons, including last season’s French League championship with Olympic Lyon. Her success on both the club and international level has cemented her place as one of the top players in women’s soccer.
Asisat Oshoala – Barcelona & Nigeria
Barcelona won the UEFA Women’s Champions League and La Liga Femenina last season, and Asisat Oshoala was a key player in each of those victories. In 19 La Liga games, the Nigerian striker scored 20 goals. In nine UEFA Champions League games, she also tried to score four goals.
She has already scored four goals in five years for the Women’s Champions League this season and 18 goals in 18 matches for the women in La Liga, including a startling three hattricks in the past four games. According to experts, Asisat is one of the best scorers in women’s soccer worldwide.
Vivianne Miedema – Arsenal & Netherlands
One of the stars of the Netherlands’ golden age of female soccer players, striker Vivianne Miedema, 26, is a prolific scorer. The Netherlands won the 2017 Women’s Euros title, and Miedema took home the silver boot award. She also helped her country qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was named to the tournament roster.
The 26-year-old has four goals and an assist in eight league games this year while playing for Arsenal women in England’s Women’s Super League. She remains a key player for both her club and country.
Ella Toone — Manchester United & England
Ella Toone is currently an English and Manchester United Women’s Super League striker. Toone has performed admirably for Manchester United, earning a contract extension that will keep her there through June 2026.
In the 62nd minute of their match against Germany in the European Championship final, she scored to put England ahead. The title was won by England after a 2-1 victory in overtime. Ella is now ranked as one of the top female soccer players in the world.
Fran Kirby — Chelsea & England
Fran Kirby, an offensive midfielder, shares the distinction of being Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with former English player Frank Lampard. Since she first entered the soccer world, Kirby has never stepped wrong.
The midfielder contributed three assists during the tournament and scored twice for the Lionesses in their convincing victory at the Euros. With 9 goals across all competitions this season, Kirby has also excelled at the club level. She remains a key player for both her club and country.
Bia Zaneratto – Palmeiras & Brazil
One of the world’s deadliest women’s soccer attackers is Beatriz “Bia” Zaneratto Joo. Zaneratto has enjoyed success at both the club and international levels in the 2022–23 season. She contributed significantly to Brazil’s triumph in the CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina and scored for club team Palmeiras in their 4-1 CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina victory over Boca Juniors.
The 29-year-old has quick, aggressive, and precise finishing ability. She remains a key player for both her club and country.
Sam Kerr – Chelsea & Australia
Sam Kerr, a marvel of nature, has long been regarded as one of the top female soccer players. The leader of Australia’s women’s national team joined Chelsea in 2020 and has already won eight championships for the squad. This includes winning the Women’s Super League back-to-back times and helping the squad make its first appearance in the UEFA Champions League final in 2021.
In addition, in 99 league games for Chelsea, she has scored an astounding 81 goals. She remains a key player for both her club and country.
Keira Walsh – Barcelona & England
In the summer 2022 transfer window, the deep-lying playmaker, age 25, agreed to join Barcelona. In women’s soccer, she is among the top midfielders. Walsh plays so maturely and composedly for someone her age.
She was a crucial component of the England squad that won the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, and she even received player of the match honors during the championship game. In 2022, Keira Walsh came in third place for England and sixth place for UEFA in the honors for Women’s Player of the Year.
Alexandra Popp – VfL Wolfsburg & Germany
Alexandra Popp, a fellow German legend, was tragically unable to compete in the Euros final against England and therefore forfeited the chance to score the game-winning goal and earn a medal for Europe. Despite this, Popp is a great of the game and among the most proficient finishers; throughout her 13-year international career, she has scored over 60 goals for Germany.
Popp has also been a key component of Germany’s success. She has just regained her form and is now firmly cemented in the top ten list for Wolfsburg, where she continues to be just as essential as ever at the club level.
Wendie Renard – Division 1 Féminine & French
When it comes to defense, Wendie Renard has one of the highest standards in women’s soccer history. A momentous year for the center back, she continued to contribute to victory by adding another Champions League title to her collection in 21/22.
Despite the less than ideal 22/23 campaign, her towering influence was once again crucial to the local league, international effort, and Champions League run. While being a fantastic defender, she also presents a serious aerial threat. She has a little advantage to grab a spot in this list because of the numerous goals she has recorded.
Lena Oberdorf – VfL Wolfsburg & Germany
Lena Oberdorf is fifth on my list because, like Walsh, her truly exceptional performance for Germany last summer cemented her status as a household figure in women’s soccer. How talented the Euros Young Player of the Tournament is at such a young age, at only 21, is rather alarming. Lena has already made a name for herself as one of the top midfielders in the league.
She has never backed down from a tackle, demonstrating her defensive prowess. The potential of such a young talent is limitless. You have to wonder how long it will take her to reach the top of the global rankings since she still has years left in her professional career.
Yui Hasegawa – Manchester City & Japan
Attacker Yui Hasegawa will have to step up and take the lead role in the center of the Japanese midfield since she is the player with the second-most appearances on the team after experienced captain Saki Kumagai. Hasegawa, a crafty No. 10 with an eye for a defense-unlocking pass, will need to assume greater leadership roles to help her team get through the group stage and to guide the younger players on the team through their maiden tournament.
Hasegawa should be on everyone’s attention because she has the potential to be one of the most thrilling players on a squad that, if all goes well, could be a treat.
Kadidiatou Diani – France
Kadidiatou Diani just finished an outstanding season. Despite typically playing as a wide player in the past, she had her greatest season for PSG, scoring 30 league goals while playing in an unorthodox center-forward position. She was great up front for Paris, but she has decided to leave the team after six seasons.
According to sources, she will join Lyon and begin a new chapter. She can now demonstrate to Les Bleues how much her game has changed while adjusting to playing a new position as she enters this World Cup having added a new dimension to her attacking powers this year. In the absence of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who is still injured, Diani will be France’s primary goal-scoring threat up front. She is anticipated to revert to her wide position under new head coach Hervé Renard.