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38 Most Successful Athletes of the 21st Century

24/7 Wall St. Logo By Grant Suneson of 24/7 Wall St. | Slide 2 of 39: > Sport: Soccer> Championships: 2x gold medal, 1x World Cup> Team or country: United States Women's National Team> Career length: 2001-2015> Other accomplishments: 2012 FIFA World Player of the YearNo soccer player -- male or female -- has ever scored more goals in international competitions than Abby Wambach. The U.S. forward helped her team win two Olympic gold medals and one FIFA World Cup.

1. Abby Wambach

> Sport: Soccer
> Championships: 2x gold medal, 1x World Cup
> Team or country: United States Women's National Team
> Career length: 2001-2015
> Other accomplishments: 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year

No soccer player -- male or female -- has ever scored more goals in international competitions than Abby Wambach. The U.S. forward helped her team win two Olympic gold medals and one FIFA World Cup.

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