October 31 – Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has broken the goalscoring record in the Women’s Champions League, becoming the competition’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals following a brace on Wednesday against Denmark’s Fortuna Hjorring.
Lyon waltzed past Hjorring 7-0, but it was Norwegian striker Hegerberg who won the plaudits and takingAnja Mitteg’s record of 51 before this week’s round of games.
In September, the Lyon forward had already overtaken Brazil star Marta in the tip scorer charts when she scored a hat-trick against Russia’s Ryazan. Hegerberg is also the fastest player of either sex to reach the landmark of 50 goals in a European club competition. At Manchester United, Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy achieved the feat in 62 games, but Hegerberg managed it in 49.
Last season, Lyon won a sixth European crown defeating Barcelona in the final and they will be favourites to retain their title following another impressive showing against the Danish club, winning the tie 11-0 on aggregate to progress to the last eight of the competition.
At home, Hegerberg remains involved in a dispute with the Norwegian Football Federation, arguing that the Federation doesn’t show enough respect for women’s football over pay and conditions. Hegerberg hasn’t played for Norway since 2017 and didn’t participate in the Women’s World Cup last summer.
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