16: Christine Sinclair
Sinclair continues to defy the odds and it is no surprise that, even at 35, she continues to lurk around the top end of the rankings. Nine goals and six assists ensured she was at the heart of everything good the defending NWSL champions Portland Thorns did in 2018, even if it meant ending the year as runners-up on this occasion. Canada’s captain also had another highly influential year for her country, scoring eight goals as they qualified for the World Cup and Sinclair personally closed in on Abby Wambach’s all-time international record.
Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns manager:
“World class player and true leader playing every minute in regular season and playoffs. Playing in the number 10 role she was the brain of our attack, linking play in high areas, creating and scoring goals. Finished the season with 9 goals and 6 assists and brought out the best in so many players. A role model for elite athletes in how she trains and prepares every single day to be the best.”