Christine Sinclair, the all-time leading goalscorer in international football, played her final match for Canada on Tuesday night.
The 40-year-old Sinclair ended her 23-year national team career with a 1-0 victory against Australia in a friendly match. She is set to play one more season for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Sinclair played 58 minutes in this match and walked off to a standing ovation in front of the roughly 48,000 spectators in Vancouver.
Sinclair has scored 190 goals in 331 matches for Canada, while Cristiano Ronaldo, the game’s top scorer among men, has 128 international goals.
“Thank you for inspiring all of us,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on social media. “Your impact on the game, and on sports in Canada, is something we’ll be celebrating for quite some time.”
“Honestly, just joy,” Sinclair said after the match. “I’ve done everything I can on this national team. I am 100% satisfied and content, and to go out with a win in front of my friends. in front of my family, honestly it’s been the perfect night.”
Sinclair is also among just five players to appear in six Women’s World Cups, and one of just three players to score in five. She won the bronze medal team at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Sinclair received the Best FIFA Special Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in 2021.