Canadian Legend Christine Sinclair Wraps International Career
Canada’s great all-time goalscorer played her last international match last night.
With 190 international goals, 40-year-old forward Christine Sinclair concluded her international career as the top goalscorer in the entire world. Last night’s one-nil win over Australia marking her 331st match for the women’s national team.
In front of 48,112 fans at Christine Sinclair Place – the temporary venue name for Vancouver’s BC Place – the celebrations and honours poured fourth to recognize one of Canada’s most iconic athletes. Australia swapped to their regular starting eleven following a 5-0 drubbing in Van Isle, though a lone goal from Quinn would see Sinclair finish a storied career with a win.
Sinclair made her Canada debut back in 2000, scoring the matchwinning goal to beat the Metro League All-Stars. Carving out moments like that would be a staple of her career, with a seven-goal run at the 2002 Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup preceding a ten-goal tally at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, where she won both the golden boot and the golden ball.
She was a staple at the Olympics, captaining the side to two bronze medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016, the former of which saw her score a hat-trick in a wild match against a rival US side. In the belated Tokyo 2020 Olympics, she would help lead the team to become Olympic World champions in a penalty shootout win over Sweden.
Her last international tournament came in the 2022 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where the country was knocked out of the group stage by the very same Australia team she concluded her international career with back-to-back friendly wins over.
What comes next remains to be seen: the 40-year-old still has one year of club football remaining with the Portland Thorns, after which it is expected she will remain in the game. Having influenced both the growth of the women’s game in a country still fighting for its own professional league and proven to be an icon for women in sport, wherever she lands after that will certainly be lucky to have her.
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