The players with the most international goals in history

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Abby Wambach broke new ground last Friday as the USA striker struck four goals against South Korea to surpass compatriot Mia Hamm as the most successful goalscorer in the history of international football.

Wambach scored a hat-trick inside the opening half hour at the Red Bull Arena to send her clear of Hamm, as the 33-year-old reached the previously untouched figure of 159 goals at international level.

The Western New York Flash forward then proceeded to score her 160th goal of an illustrious 12-year career with the USA - a landmark she has reached in only 207 appearances for her country.

Wambach was typically modest following her achievement, and took the time to lavish praise on her teammates for playing a prominent role in helping her reach new heights in the international game.

"It's surreal to begin with," she told reporters. "I'm so thankful and my teammates were trying to get me those goals. I can't thank them enough.

"As a competitor you want to be done with the things that put me at the forefront of conversations. This team is too good to be talking about one person."

Top 10 international scorers in women's football history:

1. Abby Wambach, USA: 160 goals (207 appearances)

2. Mia Hamm, USA: 158 (275)

3. Christine Sinclair, Canada: 145 (196)

4. Kristine Lilly, USA: 130 (352)

5. Birgit Prinz, Germany: 128 (214)

6. Julie Fleeting, Scotland: 117 (120)

7. Elisabetta Vignotto, Italy: 107 (110)

8. Sun Wen, China: 106 (152)

9. Carolina Morace, Italy: 105 (153)

= Michelle Akers, USA: 105 (153)

10. Han Duan, China: 101 (188)

The achievements of Wambach not only surpass her peers, but her record of 160 goals is also far superior to the tally of any player in the history of the men's game.

Iranian legend Ali Daei holds the record for male football, and is the only player in its history to reach a century of goals - with Pele the next closest, having managed to score 95 times for Brazil.

All of the top 10 players in the international goalscoring charts are retired or deceased, and the only current player with any hope of breaking into the upper reaches is Miroslav Klose of Germany.

Klose has 67 goals in 127 appearances for his country, and three more before the veteran striker reaches retirement would ensure he earns a place in the top 10 rankings.

Top 10 international scorers in men's football history:

1. Ali Daei, Iran: 109 goals (149 appearances)

2. Pelé, Brazil: 95 (113)

3. Ferenc Puskás, Hungary: 84 (85)

4. Kunishige Kamamoto, Japan: 80 (84)

5. Godfrey Chitalu, Zambia: 78 (108)

6. Sándor Kocsis, Hungary: 75 (68)

=Bashar Abdullah, Kuwait: 75 (133)

8. Kiatisuk Senamuang, Thailand: 71 (132)

9. Stern John, Trinidad and Tobago: 70 (114)

10. Hossam Hassan, Egypt: 69 (169)

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