On the verge of once more marking her title in Australian soccer historical past, Matildas celebrity Sam Kerr wants to leave a legacy effectively past freakish goal-scoring data.
The 28-year-old, who has 49 objectives in 102 caps to sit only one behind Tim Cahill in Australia’s record of all-time worldwide scorers, may effectively surpass that mark in upcoming friendlies in opposition to the US.
Kerr had to pause for thought when considering the prospect of leapfrogging, or maybe even backflipping, previous the previous Socceroos talisman’s benchmark.
The striker has a long-standing admiration for Cahill and even imitated his well-known boxing-the-corner-flag celebration when she scored her first Girls’s World Cup objective in Valenciennes in 2019.
“It’s such a crazy one for me because Tim Cahill, to me, is just on another level,” Kerr informed AAP in an unique interview.
“Growing up watching him, I think everyone in Australian football, if you asked who’s their favourite Australian footballer, they’d say Timmy.
“What he did for the Socceroos is superb and truthfully it is going to simply be actually surreal for me.
“I can’t believe that I’m going to hopefully tie his record at some point and then to go beyond it, it’s gonna be crazy.”
Kerr debuted for the Matildas at 15 however had a sluggish goalscoring begin to her worldwide profession amid a horror run of accidents, earlier than exploding to prominence in 2017.
She is now a bona fide world celebrity, who racks up objectives at will for each Chelsea and the nationwide staff and figures excessive amongst FIFA greatest participant lists.
However the West Australian wants to be generally known as greater than merely a prolific scorer.
In spite of everything, she’s a part of the Matildas group who turned down the chance to face the US in 2015, happening strike in a profitable collective motion that compelled the sport’s governing physique in Australia to ship truthful pay and situations.
4 years later, after taking pictures to prominence on the sphere, they secured a landmark equal pay deal.
That momentum undoubtedly helped Australia and New Zealand safe the 2023 Girls’s World Cup, which Kerr and her teammates are working in the direction of, and past.
“If I’m being honest, I’d like to have a lasting legacy, like someone like Timmy is gonna have,” Kerr mentioned.
“I don’t just want to be a player that was good for a certain amount of years.
“I would like to have a legacy, that individuals speak about this time in soccer that we because the Matildas and me as a participant modified the way in which the Matildas are seen and the way in which that ladies’s soccer is seen and the way in which ladies’s sport is seen.
“For me, those things are done on the field, but also off the field and I’m really lucky, the whole team is pushing that way.
“I hope that in 50 years’ time when individuals look again on the Matildas they see this decade because the turning level in ladies’s soccer as a result of I really feel like it’s.”
The wave of momentum sweeping through women’s football is reflective of the global rise of female athletes.
Kerr is right at the forefront of a collective of stand-out Australian women making their mark on the global sports stage, alongside the likes of Ash Barty and Ellyse Perry.
The ever-humble Kerr stressed her place among those names was “for different individuals to speak about” but relished feeling part of a greater movement.
“After I have a look at individuals like Ash Barty I am like ‘man, that lady’s sick’. She actually wins every thing, she’s so humble. I might most likely put her on the prime proper now – solely as a result of I would like to have a Barty social gathering,” Kerr mentioned with fun.
“That is for different individuals to determine. I do every thing I can to be in that dialog and win as many trophies and be talked about by individuals for years to come.
“I’m not going to say ‘I’m as good as Ash’, because I just can’t ever see myself doing that.
“However I am actually proud to be main the way in which with all of these athletes. I noticed Ash on the Olympics and our entire staff was fan-girling over Ash.
“That’s such a cool thing to have now in women’s sport, that there’s all these different people that young girls and boys can look up to.”