Just over 730 of the most talented soccer players in the world will compete at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand this summer, but only a handful are capable of being true difference-makers for their countries.
From now until the start of the tournament, Aly Wagner — a two-time Olympic Gold medalist with the United States women’s national team — will be counting down the 25-best players competing for this year’s World Cup.
Paredes brings just what you would expect from a Spanish center back — she is an initiator of the attack.
Ajibade can player anywhere across the frontline with her pace and desire to eliminate defenders on the dribble.
The French international and PSG captain could solidify herself as the main creator for the perennial-underachieving France.
Roord got a taste of the World Cup four years ago in France. Since then, she’s greatly improved as a player with her experience and growing confidence.
21. Ella Toone, Forward, England
Toone, who played a massive roll off the bench in England’s magical Euro title run last year, will have to take the next step in her development ths summer for the Three Lionesses.
20. Melchie Dumornay, Midfielder, Haiti
One of the young stars in soccer takes the next spot in the countdown. Full disclosure, Dumornay is not a proven talent … yet. But she is worth the gamble and definitely worth a watch.
19. Kadidiatou Diani, Forward, France
The D1 Féminine Player of the Year will lead the line for France this summer in Australia and New Zealand if Marie-Antoinette Katoto is not fully fit.
18. Alex Morgan, Forward, United States
The hero of the 2019 Women’s World Cup semifinals against England is set to play another lead role for the red, white and blue this summer is Australia and New Zealand.
This story will be updated through the start of the World Cup on July 20.
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