The 25 years old Australian captain, Sam Kerr became a part of history at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. In fact, she has become the 10th footballer in the world to score a record breaking 4 goals in a World Cup match. She achieved this feat in a match against Jamaica and led her team into the last 16. The significance of this achievement can be gauged from the fact that even celebrated icons in men’s football like Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, and Pele do not have this in their repertoire. Sam Kerr is touted to be the next superstar, next in line to the Brazilian legend Marta.
Sam Kerr has been making waves, both in the international and domestic tournaments earning accolades in the process – Ballon d’Or nomination, third women footballer of the year 2019 chosen by the BBC, and appearing on the cover of Fifa, the popular video game’s Australian edition. She developed an interest in Football after watching her father Roger and brother Daniel play at the top level. In 2009, she began playing for the W league Perth Glory and subsequently won the Goal of the Year and Players’ Player awards. Interestingly, she played in two leagues in a calendar year – Chicago Red Stars in the USA and Perth Glory in Australia and earning the golden boot awards in both.
Off the field, she is known as an activist who champions the cause of equality in sports and has been named as the Young Australian of the year in 2018.