Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema suffers a cruciate ligament rupture and will not take part in the 2023 World Cup


Vivianne Miedema is the Netherlands’ all-time leading scorer. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The all-time top scorer of the Netherlands women’s national team is unlikely to take part in the 2023 World Cup. Vivianne Miedema announced on Monday that she has torn her cruciate ligament and will not be taking part in the World Cup due to the injury.

In a lengthy post, Miedema – who also plays for Arsenal – said she tore her ACL in a game against Lyon on December 15. Arsenal lost the competition 0-1.

Miedema said she knew right away her ACL was injured and said she needed rehabilitation “for a long, long time.”

Miedema said she would be leaning on her teammates, friends and family while she recovers from the injury. She thanked the fans who reached out and sent kind messages, adding, “You’re helping a lot.”

The Netherlands are unlikely to have Miedema during the 2023 World Cup

The injury is a heavy blow for the Netherlands. At the 2019 World Cup, Miedema became the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands women’s national team. She scored both goals in the team’s win against Italy, which sent the Netherlands to their first World Cup semi-finals. The team then defeated Sweden 1–0 and advanced to the final where they lost to Team USA.

Miedema’s greatness is not limited to her country as she is considered one of the best soccer players in the world. After showing up at Bayern Munich, she joined Arsenal in 2017. In September 2021, she scored her 100th goal for the club, a feat she managed in just 110 games.

Miedema had an opportunity to leave Arsenal in May but decided to re-sign with the club. This made her the highest paid footballer in England.

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