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Christine Sinclair: A Soccer Star Who Refuses To Retire

Christine Sinclair is a forward for the Canadian Women’s national soccer team and has been for 21 years. She has scored 188 goals, more than any other international female soccer player. Christine Sinclair is only 5′ 9″ (175 cm) but has still been widely successful in the 306 games for Canada.

Sinclair has played in 5 World Cups and 4 Olympic Games. She was a nominee for the Ballon d’Or award in 2021. This is considered one of the most prestigious individual soccer awards to win. It is given to a player who was believed to have had the strongest overall performance that year. Given her consistent accomplishments across a long career, Christine Sinclair has been considered one of the best female soccer players of all time.

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How Old Is Christine Sinclair

Sinclair was born on June 12th, 1983. She was introduced to soccer right away in her childhood because both of her uncles, Brian and Bruce Gant, played professionally. Christine started playing when she was four years old, and her talent quickly escalated from there. She scored her first goal for the Canadian team at the age of sixteen. Cristine Sinclair has kept her personal life and relationships private. Although this is true, we know that she is not currently married. At 38 years old, Sinclair is just one year younger than Carli Lloyd was when she retired. Even though she is older than most other professional soccer stars, she continues to show that she deserves a spot on the soccer fields.

Christine Sinclair Olympics Journey

Christine Sinclair has made four Olympic appearances, and in those summer games, has won three medals. She received a gold medal in the 2020 Games, which was the first time the Canadian women’s soccer team won the tournament. Sinclair also received a bronze medal in the 2016 Games and another bronze in the 2012 Olympic Games. Between all of those appearances, she scored twelve goals in fifteen matches. However, those numbers made her two goals shy of beating the all-time Olympic scoring record of fourteen goals held by Brazilian striker Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva.

christine sinclair kissing her gold medal after winning the women's soccer at Toyko 2021

World Cups

Sinclair has been a part of five World Cups and is one of only nine female players who have done this. She is also the second soccer star of either gender to score at five World Cup tournaments. The other soccer star is Marta. Across all of her World Cup matches, Sinclair scored a total of 10 goals. In the 2011 World Cup, she scored Canada’s only goal in the tournament.

Sinclair has earned many honors and holds an international record. She has been nominated for the FIFA player of the year eight times and won the Canadian Player of the Year award fourteen times. She also received the Golden Boot Award, given to the leading tournament goal scorer, in the 2012 Olympics by scoring six goals. In addition, Christine Sinclair broke the international goal scoring record among males and females in January 2020 by scoring 188 times in her career.

Christine Sinclair had said, “When I was growing up, you didn’t know there was a women’s national soccer team. Now girls grow up dreaming of playing for Canada.” There is no doubt that Sinclair contributed to the building popularity of women’s soccer throughout North America.

Sinclair’s annual soccer salary is $380,000 (USD). Still, with all of the awards she has won and records she has broken, she has added earned additional income through speaking engagements and endorsements, putting her net worth at over two million dollars.

canadian women's soccer international christine sinclair celebrating a win

Fun Facts

  • She has played in over 306 caps, the fourth most in women’s soccer history.
  • The Canadian forward broke her nose in the first game of the 2011 World Cup but continued to play in the rest of the tournament wearing a fiberglass mask.
  • Before a game, the forward always listens to Michael Jackson’s song, “The Man in the Mirror.”
  • The three-time Olympic medallist was introduced into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2013
  • She scored her first goal for the Canadian team at the 2000 Algarve Cup when she was only 16 years old.
  • The 20 season veteran was named best Canadian female soccer player of the year 11 times in a row from 2004-2014

When Will Christine Sinclair Retire

Despite Christine Sinclair’s continued success on the soccer field, given her age, there is much speculation about when she will retire. However, in 2016 Sinclair said, “I had one of my more successful years as a soccer player. So people that are talking about my retirement should go and watch some of my games.”

This was stated when Sinclair was 33 years old, and she has not shown any interest in retiring just yet. Her love and passion for the game have kept her playing, and the more people say she is too old, the more she wants to prove to them that she deserves a spot on the field. She once said, “Aim higher. Follow your crazy dreams. For me, it’s soccer. It happened to be sports. To this day, I don’t think I’ve ‘worked’ a day in my life. When you’re so passionate about what you do, you’re willing to put in the extra work.”

christrine sinclair being challenged by australian defender

Many rumors are going around that she will retire soon, but I believe she will keep playing until the 2023 World Cup is held in Australia and New Zealand. If Christine does continue, she will be one of only three female players to make it to 6 or more World Cups. However, making it that far would put her in second place for the all-time highest female international caps. Given her passion and commitment to the game, will she try to beat Kristine Lilly’s record of 354 caps too?

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