Career years: 1985-2000
Clubs: Tyresö FF
Accolades: 1991 World Cup Golden Boot Winner, National Soccer Hall of Fame member, FIFA Female Player of the Century, FIFA 100 member
Mia Hamm may have all of the fame and name recognition amongst sports fans, but Michelle Akers is the greatest American women's player. The leading scorer at the 1991 World Cup, which the USWNT won, Akers was also a leader on that legendary 1999 World Cup winning team, and was named to the 1999 World Cup All-Star team as the only American midfielder.
But if there's one accomplishment that points to her status not only over Hamm, but all women's soccer players, it's her FIFA Female Player of the Century award. Akers is not only GOAT for American women, but for women's professional soccer in general—105 goals in 153 international caps, two World Cup winner's medals, and an unprecedented reputation for toughness and physicality will do just that.