Canada's Christine Sinclair is worldwide soccer's all-time leading scorer

Canada's Christine Sinclair is worldwide soccer's all-time leading scorer

Canadian forward Christine Sinclair became the all-time top scorer in global soccer, breaking the mark held by American Abby Wambach when she netted her 185th goal against St. Kitts and Nevis in south Texas on Wednesday.

Wambach saluted Sinclair on Twitter after the recird-breaking goal.

"If you come to this country, there's one woman that everyone knows: it's Christine Sinclair".

"Congratulations to Christine for this incredible achievement". "Your human qualities and skills, not to mention your remarkable contribution to the popularity and growth of women's football, or soccer, deserve our admiration".

The iconic captain's longevity is arguably more impressive than her scoring prowess; Sinclair scored her first worldwide goal in 2000 and hasn't looked back since. The first one tied her with famed former American striker Abby Wambach for the most goals ever scored in global soccer (men's or women's), while the second gave her sole possession of that mark.

As did Wambach and fellow American Mia Hamm, who held the goals record at 158 until Wambach passed her in 2013.

Wambach tweeted a congratulatory message shortly after Sinclair broke her record.

"I'm so happy for her", Canada head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is next at 99. Ali Daei of Iran holds the men's record with 109. The longtime Canadian captain stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Kyra Dickenson.

The match is Canada's Group B opener in the tournament, with games against Jamaica and Mexico to follow.

Sinclair has also found success in the NCAA with the Portland Pilots (110 goals and 32 assists in 94 games) and in women's professional soccer.

Leon put Canada up 2-0 in the 12th minute with her first of four goals.

The Jamaican squad includes Toronto-born striker Tiffany Cameron, who plays professionally in Norway.

Sinclair has gone on to represent Canada at five FIFA Women's World Cup and three Olympics.

Cedella Marley, daughter of the late reggae star Bob Marley, and others helped raise funds to get the Reggae Girlz out of a financial hole prior to the tournament.

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