Years played: 2003-present
Teams: Brazilian national team (2003-present), FFC Turbine Potsdam (2005-06), Vfl Wolfsburg (2006-07), Linkopings FC (2008), Corinthians (2008), Chicago Red Stars (2009-10), Santos (2009-11), WFC Rossivanka Khimki (2011-12), Sao Jose (2012), Daekyo Kangaroos (2013), Centre Olimpico (2013-15), Paris Saint-Germain FC (2015-17), Changchun Zhuoyue (2017-19), Sao Paulo (2019-present)
Key stats: FIFA Women’s World Cup runner-up. Two-time Olympic silver medalist. Capped 117 times by Brazil.
Bottom line: Cristiane is the Scottie Pippen to Marta’s Michael Jordan when it comes to Brazilian women’s soccer.
The leading scorer in Olympic history, Cristiane is one of three women (alongside Christine Sinclair and Birgit Pirnz) to score a hat trick in Olympic play. She has 83 goals in international play and has taken the field for Brazil in four World Cups and four Summer Olympics.
She also famously led a player revolt against the Brazilian soccer federation and briefly retired from the game in protest of the firing of coach Emily Lima in 2017.