Nadia Nadim is a name one will hear if one follows women’s football in Europe. She recently won the French League title with PSG and just joined Racing Louisville FC. With nearly 200 club goals, Nadia is no less than a star. At 33, she is showing no signs of stopping and plans to keep going for as long as she can.
For Denmark, she has played 98 games and found the back of the net 38 times. But this woman’s journey to the top has been anything but easy. She could have easily lost her life at 12. To know her back story we have to go back to 2000, to the land of Afghanistan.
Nadia was born in the city of Herat. In 2000, her father who was a general in the Afghan National Army was executed by the Taliban. Then she along with her family fled to Denmark.
It was here that her football career truly began.
She represented B52 Aalborg and Team Viborg before moving on to Sky Blue FC and eventually PSG.
Nadia’s debut for Denmark came in 2009. She also played for Manchester City in 2018.
Right now her goal is to play 100 games for Denmark which she should achieve this year.
From the girl who fled her birth country, Nadia is now the woman who is a role-model to those who want to achieve their dreams. Football is a beautiful game and it is these stories that make it so.