Live Your Goals talks to Canadian national team captain Christine Sinclair, who has scored an astonishing 116 goals in 159 games during her international career, making her Canada’s all-time leading goalscorer.

When did you first start playing football? 

I actually started playing at the age of four, which I guess is pretty young. In Canada most people assume that you just get signed up to play ice hockey, however, I come from a soccer family. One of my uncles actually used to play for the Canada men’s national team. I also have an older brother who played soccer, and I basically wanted to do everything he did! 

What does it mean to you to be part of a team?
I really enjoy that feeling of being part of a team and being part of a close group of people. I think that if I was an individual sport athlete, I would go crazy. I don’t think that I could do it.

And how does your team usually celebrate a victory?
As a team we are actually closet Celine Dion fans, so we tend to sing Celine Dion songs. That is embarrassing! Whatever!

It just makes me happy for the sport that it is growing and that people are paying attention to it. Hopefully one day it will become as big as men’s soccer.
Christine Sinclair, Canada captain

You have many fans but did you ever have an idol yourself?
As I have grown up my idols have changed. I now really see my parents and my grandparents as people that I look up to. Especially my grandma. When I am eighty-something years old, if I can be like her, I will have done well.

How do you feel about the travel involved in your job?
It is amazing. You get to travel the world and represent your country with some of your best friends. Not too many people get an opportunity to do that.

What do you think about the development of women’s football?
I cannot believe where women’s soccer has come. We now walk into a stadium and it will be full of ten, twenty or thirty thousand fans. It just makes me happy for the sport that it is growing and that people are paying attention to it. Hopefully one day it will become as big as men’s soccer.