Well, that was a helluva statement.
The 13 goal win breaks the the all-time record for margin of victory in a Women’s World Cup.
The 10 (!!!) second half goals are also the most ever in one World Cup half.
Alex Morgan scores 5, basically wins the Golden Boot on day 1
Alex Morgan led the US with five goals. We wrote back in January to watch her for the Golden Boot award, and well, that prop bet will likely come off the board now.
Morgan ties Michelle Akers for most ever goals in a WWC game.
Also scoring goals were Rose Lavelle (her first two goals ever in the WWC), Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis (2 goals), Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and Mallory Pugh (her first ever in the WWC).
USWNT are NOT the favorites after that win
Soccer players get paaaaiiid.
Or at least the best of the best do.
Forbes released its annual list of highest paid athletes, and soccer players dominated the top of the list.
However, the number of players in their prime or at the top of their game represented on the list is much lower than you’d think.
Lionel Messi tops the list, soccer players top 3
The GOAT, Lionel Messi, earned a staggering $127M last year. That comes from $92M in salary and $35M in endorsements.
Messi is followed by two men currently accused of rape: Cristiano Ronaldo ($109M–$65M in salary, $44M in endorsements) and Neymar ($105M–$75M salary, $30M endorsements).
From there, it’s a precipitous drop-off in wages and endorsements.
Top heavy 3 out of 12
After the top three, no soccer players show up until Paul Pogba at #44.
It’s actually an astounding list mostly compromised of players who shouldn’t be there vs those who are more deserving:
- Paul Pogba #44: $33M total
- Andres Iniesta #46: $32.5M total
- Alexis Sanchez #53: $30.8M total
- Kylian Mbappe #56: $30.6M total
- Mesut Ozil #57: $30.2M total
- Oscar #66: $29M total
- Antoine Griezmann #75: $27.7M total
- Gareth Bale #79: $27.1M total
- Mo Salah #98: $25.1M total
Of the 12 players represented, along with the triumvirate Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, only Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Mo Salah are in (or approaching) their prime and producing at elite levels.
Pogba certainly is deserving to be among the top paid soccer players as well, just not #4.
Mbappe is the youngest athlete on the list.
Oscar and Iniesta are outliers in that they play in China where the demand for any level of star inflates the wages. Every other contract on the list (Pogba included) those respective teams are trying to dump.
Soccer represents fourth most athletes
Despite occupying the top 3 spots, soccer players only made up the 4th most positions on the list from all sports. Ahead of soccer were:
- Basketball (35)
- American Football (20)
- Baseball (15)
From here until the end of the Women’s World Cup, DraftKings will offer DFS contests on each day’s games.
This marks the 13th daily fantasy offering on DraftKings–and by our count, fourth involving a women’s sport (tennis, basketball, and MMA being the others).
Our WWC DFS Picks
Each day, we’ll find some potential values or “must haves” in your line-up and list them. Let’s start with Tuesday’s games:
- 9am ET: New Zealand vs Netherlands
- 12pm ET: Chile vs Sweden
- 3pm ET: USA vs Thailand
The contest set-up:
- You fill up 8 spots (2 FW, 2 M, 2 D, GK, Utility)
- You have $50,000 in salary to spend, with each player’s average salary equaling $6,250
- Goalies and Defenders are all $6k or under — that helps when you’re looking at pricey midfielders and forwards
Some quick notes on Tuesday’s games:
- The US should pound Thailand. Since it’s the first game, don’t expect coach Jill Ellis to rotate her squad. She’ll go with her best starters and bring on super-subs (like Carli Lloyd) early in the second half.
- The Netherlands are good and score. In their last friendly against Chile (who plays Sweden on Tuesday), they won 7-0.
- Sweden is good and doesn’t score. They’re defensive-orientated and the team Hope Solo once called “cowards” for not playing open enough.
Ok, now our picks for real
- Goalie: Hedvig Lindahl Sweden ($5,800). She’s good, Chile isn’t. She’s $200 cheaper than the US goalie.
- Defense: Stefanie van der Gragt , Netherlands ($4,200). She’s massive (5’10) and could find the net on a set piece.
- Defense: Nilla Fischer, Sweden ($4,300). A legend for the Swedes, has 23 national goals as a defender.
- Mid: Julie Ertz, US ($6,400). Always a threat for a set piece header.
- Mid: Rose Lavelle, US ($4,500). Just a hunch she has a breakout tournament. She’s confident enough to take some long-range strikes. At $4,500 she gives up cheap upside.
- Forward: Vivianne Miedema, Netherlands ($9,200). Speedy youngster will look to impress playing up top.
- Forward: Christen Press, US ($7,200). Will likely sub in for Tobin Heath or Megan Rapinoe and looks to score. Risky as a non-starter but can get a goal in a blink.
- Utility: Daniëlle van de Donk, Netherlands ($7,900). She’s capable of hat tricks. Massive upside.
Also look at:
- Mid: Caroline Seger, Sweden ($7,400). She takes pk’s, so could get a cheap and easy goal.
- Forward: Tobin Heath, US ($9,400). In good form.
- Forward: Megan Rapinoe, US ($9,900). Good for assists too.
- Lieke Martens, Netherlands ($9,600). As likely to find the back of the net as Midema.