Born on June 2, 1980, in Rochester, New York, Abby Wambach became the all-time leading scorer at the University of Florida. She played for the Washington, Florida and Western New York clubs in U.S. women's pro soccer leagues, and twice led the national team to Olympic gold medals. The all-time leader in international goals, Wambach won a long-awaited World Cup title in 2015.
Wambach began playing in the girl's youth soccer league, but so dominated scoring, averaging nine goals a game, that she was moved to the boy's league.In high school, she played both soccer and basketball, and lettered in both. She went on to be named to Parade Magazine's All-American team. She was recruited by the University of Florida-Gainesville, and attended the college on scholarship, where she set records for the number of goals scored with 96, and the number of hat tricks with 10, among other records.
While she was with the team they won the SEC Championships four years in a row, and the NCAA Championship once. She left the University of Florida to play with the Washington Freedom.She has been named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year five times, and has played on two Gold-medal winning Olympic teams.
Abby retired at age 35, having scored more goals than any man or woman in history.Wambach played for the national team for 14 years, amassing 252 international appearances. But in her storied career, she scored far less in salary and earnings than her male peers. Its a vivid reminder of the gender pay gab that still exists at the highest level of sport.
United States Women’s National Team striker Abby Wambach wrote her name into the history books this evening, surpassing Mia Hamm as the all-time goal-scoring leader in international competitions. Wambach scored three goals in the opening 29 minutes of the U.S. women’s game against the Republic of Korea
The second goal tied Hamm’s mark of 158 and the third broke the record, giving Wambach 159 goals in her international career. UPDATE: Wambach has added a fourth. Her career total stands at 184.That number is greater than any male soccer player has ever scored. Iran’s Ali Daei holds the men’s record, with 109 international goals.It only took her 207 games to set the mark.
Ronaldo made more than 48$ million in 2014, and that doesn't include his lucrative endorsement portfolio. Messi makes even more on the field and higher than 50$ million. But on the other hand, Wambach makes an annual salary of around $200,000.
On the international 20 athlete earnings list that year , nine of the 20 highest paid international athletes were soccer players. Only two woman made the international list ( Maria Sharapova, Li Na) Just one woman landed on the U.S. ranking , the fortunate 50, Serena Williams.
Abby Wambach net worth:$4 million dollars, but if you were to see Ronaldo's or Messi's net worth it would be 3 or 4 times as more as that.