February 06, 2020 Salam Toronto Weekly English 77 FIFA president congratulates Canada’s Sinclair for world record goals haul By Neil Davidson Edinburg, Texas - FIFA president Gianni Infantino added his voice to the chorus of Christine Sinclair well-wishers in the wake of the Canada captain becoming the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer. The 36-year-old from Burnaby B.C., scored goals No. 184 and 185 in an 11-0 romp over St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, January 29 th , at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in south Texas. Sinclair’s brace moved her past retired American Abby Wambach’s world mark. In a letter to Sinclair released by FIFA’s Infantino offered his “warmest congratulations on this historical and exceptional accomplishment.” “This achievement rewards your outstanding 20-year career at the highest level, which could only be achieved thanks to your tremendous commitment, exemplary motivation, hard work and incredible passion for our beautiful game,” he wrote. “Your human qualities and skills, not to mention your remarkable contribution to the popularity and growth of women’s football, or soccer, deserve our admiration.” The FIFA boss noted Sinclair had made 290 appearances for Canada, appearing in 5 FIFA Women’s World Cups and 3 Olympics. “Congratulations again, dear Christine, and thank you for helping convey the positive message of football, promoting its image and benefits and being a wonderful example and role model for all those wishing to forge a career in football,” he added. CONCACAFpresidentVictorMontagliani, Canada Soccer president Steven Reed and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among those who also sent congratulations after the game via social media. As did Wambach and fellow American Mia Hamm, who held the goals record at 158 until Wambach passed her in 2013. Sinclair sent out her own post-game tweet to her 99,800 followers, giving thanks for all the messages sent her way. “I’m slightly overwhelmed. Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, staff, friends and family. 185 would not have been possible without you,” she said. Sinclair’s goal haul is more than Cristiano Ronaldo (99) and Pele (77) combined. Ali Daei leads the men’s international goal list with 109 in 149 appearances for Iran between 1993 and 2006. Dwayne De Rosario tops Canadian men in scoring with 22 goals in 81 games, although 20-year-old Jonathan David is making waves with 11 goals in just 12 appearances. The Canadian Press Canada captain Christine Sinclair has broken world scoring record with goal No. 185. (Photo: FB\Christine Sinclair)