The records, the closer we get, the more they weigh on our shoulders. Christine Sinclair, from the top of her 20 games in the World Cup, yet has the bottle. But becoming the best scorer in the selection history is not a small challenge.
The Canadian scored her first goal of the World Cup, her 10th overall World Cup, against the Netherlands in the third round. She has joined Brazilian Marta as the only player to have scored in five Worlds. But above all, this 182nd goal in selection has brought her closer to another prestigious record: that of American Abby Wambach, 184 goals in selection.
And with a little success, she could have already exceeded it. In the two previous meetings, Christine Sinclair has indeed touched wood. Against Cameroon (1-0), the attacker has even found the cross and the post!
In the Canucks, everyone thinks about it. "It's in the heads of all the players," explained the team to one of his compatriots, the highly technical Ashley Lawrence, after the loss against the Dutch in the group stage. Are we talking about it? A little. She, not too much, but it's still something. "
No question, in Sinclair's mind, of getting his quest for a record ahead of the collective goal: to add a medal to the bronze medals gleaned at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. At age 37 (since the 12 June), Christine Sinclair learned to put the team ahead of her … and to take the games one after the other. First obstacle in sight: Sweden.
"The Swedes are always there when it counts, in the big tournaments", remembers Radio Canada the Canadian captain, who has already scored eight goals against the Swedes in his career. "Of course, they won the silver medal at the last Olympics. It's one of the best teams in the world, with excellent players. It will be a very good match, "Sinclair advances cautiously. Who knows that to reach and overtake Wambach, it will probably take more than one game.