(HARRISON N.J.) — Abby Wambach is now the greatest goal-scorer in the history of international soccer.
Wambach scored four goals in the first half of the United States’ 5-0 win over South Korea on Thursday night, breaking the record held by Mia Hamm.
“I can’t say how much I look up to Mia and how amazing the record she set was,” said Wambach, who was doused with a bucket of water by her teammates after the game.
The 33-year-old Wambach has now scored 160 goals in 207 games. Hamm scored 158 goals over a successful career that came to an end in 2004.
“I’m just so proud of her,” Hamm said. “Just watching those four goals, that’s what she is all about. She fights for the ball, she’s courageous and she never gives up. Her strength and perseverance is what makes her so great and it’s what defenders and opposing teams fear.
Ali Daie of Iran holds the men’s record with 109 goals.
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