Women Soccer Stars and Their Male Equivalents
Women's soccer has always been compared to the men's game, but these women are stars of their own game. With the women's game producing more and more star players, the comparison between the stars of the men's game is inevitable.
Here is a handful of some famous faces in the women's game, and their male equivalents.
Midfielder Jill Scott is one of the stars of the English game. Playing for Everton and England, Scott has made a big impression in her position. Her never ending reserves of energy, great passing and ability to support both attack and defence make her an invaluable asset.
Her male equivalent is a player who plays a very similar role for his club, Manchester City. Yaya Toure has provided Manchester City with a new dimension since he joined. His box-to-box ability, speed and strength are huge assets, just as they are for Scott.
As if their similar playing styles were not enough, they even have a similar physique; both Scott and Toure being tall and slim. But don't let that frail-looking physique fool you, these two mean business.
Hope Solo is the leading lady of America when it comes to goalkeeping. Racking up over a hundred appearances for the national team, Solo had stood alone as the top goalkeeper in women's soccer for a few years.
Her male equivalent is US Men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard. Both have proven their worth as goalkeepers on the field, and both have had their moments off it as well.
Both Solo and Howard have faced the disappointment of being dropped in World Cup matches before regaining their starting berth. And both have had a few controversial things to say in the media, with Howard criticising CONCACAF and Solo letting everyone know what she thought about being benched.
Two success stories from the States, both Solo and Howard have followed in the footsteps of great goalkeepers, and have made the position their own.
Brazilian superstar Marta is widely known as the best female soccer player in the world. It would be too easy to assume her male equivalent is Lionel Messi.
But her style of play is different, Marta plays with more flamboyancy and skill. She plays the Brazilian way. The male equivalent of Marta is not Messi, it is Ronaldinho.
Both hailing from Brazil and both winning the Ballon d'Or, there are few other players who could be the male equivalent of Marta. Their style of play is exciting to watch and unpredictable, making them a nightmare for any defence.
Rachel Yankey is the most famous and recognised female soccer star in the UK. Her speed and skill on the left wing for both Arsenal and England have earned her the reputation as one of the best in the game.
Racking up over 100 caps for England, Yankey is in an elite club of English players, male or female, who have reached a century of international caps.
Playing as a left winger or a forward, her male equivalent needs to be a player with skill and speed and have a strong desire to win. Yankey's male equivalent is Theo Walcott.
Like Yankey, Walcott plays as a wide man, pushing forward to play as a striker on occasion. With an electrifying burst of pace and incredible ball control, these two are major stars for Arsenal and England alike.
It was not a difficult player to pick out a male equivalent for Abby Wambach. Her ability as a striker and goalscorer has been a great help to the United States, especially in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Her extra time goal, after 122 minutes, saved the team from elimination.
Great aerial ability means Wambach has scored a lot of goals with her head. Combine that with her World Cup scoring record, and there is only one man who could be her equivalent—Miroslav Klose.
The German forward, like Wambach, is known for scoring plenty of headers. Both players have also been leading scorers in World Cup tournaments. Klose sits in second, whilst Wambach sits in third place for the most FIFA World Cup goals scored, having scored goals using only their head in the tournament.
These two are both formidable strikers with a great aerial ability.
Homare Sawa is the greatest female soccer player to come out of Japan. Highlighted by her role in the 2011 FIFA World Cup, Sawa is crucial to the further success of Japan.
Although Sawa has reached the very top of the women's game by winning the World Cup, as well as being the player of the tournament, her male equivalent has never reached those heights.
Having led Japan in the woman's game, it seems right that her equivalent has done the same in the men's game.
Her male equivalent is Ji-Sung Park. Although not from Japan, Park has been the leading talent from his native South Korea for a number of years.
With both passing 100 caps for their country and ensuring the game has become far more popular in their homeland, there was no doubt in picking Park as the male equivalent to Sawa.
Veteran defender Christie Rampone has made almost 250 appearances for the US Women's national team, making her one of the most experienced and consistent defenders in the world.
Her standing in the game as one of the great leaders is well deserved.
Such a great defender, and leader, deserves a male equivalent that commands just as much respect. That man is John Terry.
On the field, John Terry is one of the most respected defenders in the game. To go with that, he is a born leader, serving as captain of both Chelsea and England.
Off the field, Terry may not be perfect but as far as performance and leadership when playing is concerned, Terry and Rampone are a great match.
Brigit Prinz may have just retired from women's soccer, but being arguably the greatest striker ever, she deserves a place in this list.
Scoring over 500 senior goals in club and international soccer, Prinz is the most prolific scorer in the women's game.
Who else to have as a male equivalent than the great Ronaldo?
Not Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, the great Brazilian striker Ronaldo.
Both Prinz and Ronaldo operated as old-fashioned strikers, with the sole purpose of scoring goals. Ronaldo passed 300 senior goals before his retirement earlier this year. Had it not been for injury problems, he could have matched Prinz's 500.
A fitting way to finish the list, with the two most prolific and feared out-and-out strikers in recent history.
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