The hottest striker in the world at the moment is without a doubt China’s “Nine-Goal Diva” Wang Shanshan.
Wang earned that nickname from Chinese fans and media when she plundered an incredulous nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on Monday at the Asian Games in Indonesia.
The forward has found the net a total of 11 times at the tournament, netting in the 7-0 opening victory over Hong Kong and adding a soaring header as China’s women beat North Korea 2-0 on Wednesday to top their group and make the quarter-finals in style.
China’s free-scoring women, yet to concede a goal, are being feted back home and 28-year-old Wang, in particular, is making headlines for her fearsome prowess in front of goal, AFP writes.
There have also been tongue-in-cheek suggestions that she could be the answer to the goal-scoring problems of the Chinese men.
Wang’s sizzling form is all the more surprising because prior to the past week she was hardly prolific, although she did catch eyes by scoring a backheel volley against South Korea last year.
“For the past three group matches, Wang Shanshan scored 11 goals and became Chinese women’s football’s talisman,” China’s Tencent Sports said in an online article.
“In more crucial tournaments, Wang Shanshan will become the key player in helping the women’s team win gold.”
China’s men play Saudi Arabia in the last 16 on Friday at the Asian Games, although they have struggled for goals in international football in recent times.
Perhaps they could use some help from Shanshan…? Who knows…