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Football: “perfect end” for Canadian Christine Sinclair, top scorer in history

Canadian striker Christine Sinclair bid an emotional farewell to international football on Tuesday, ending a career marked by a record 190 goals for the country.

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Football: “perfect end” for Canadian Christine Sinclair, top scorer in history

Canadian striker Christine Sinclair bid an emotional farewell to international football on Tuesday, ending a career marked by a record 190 goals for the country.

For the occasion, 48,112 spectators gathered at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver - renamed “Christine Sinclair Place” for the evening - to greet the Canadian captain, who led her team to a 1-0 victory against Australia in a friendly. . The supporters took advantage of the 12th minute to give a long ovation to the 40-year-old player, who wears N.12. Involved in the Canadians' only goal - scored by Quinn -, she was then replaced 12 minutes after the start of the second half by Sophie Schmidt, another long-time international.

In total, Christine Sinclair played 331 matches with Canada, scoring 190 goals, a world record. On social networks, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the “greatest scorer in the world”. “Thank you for inspiring us,” he wrote on X, “the contributions you have made to soccer and sport in Canada will be celebrated for a long time.”

For her part, the player, rather discreet, had “promised to take advantage of it. And I was overwhelmed,” she said, referring to a “perfect ending” for her career. Sinclair, nicknamed “Captain Everything” by fans, has competed in six World Cups and four Olympic Games, including a gold medal in Tokyo in 2021.

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