VIDEO: Relive Abby Wambach’s record-breaking night

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On Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Red Bull Arena, history was made.

Abby Wambach became the highest goalscorer in international history.

Wambach surpassed former USWNT star Mia Hamm by scoring four times in a 5-0 win against South Korea to reach 160 goals for the US women’s national team.

Hamm’s previous record-breaking total of 158 was deemed insurmountable by many but Wambach has now scored 160 goals in 207 games, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches.

Record-breaking in every way imaginable, it was an incredibly special night for Wambach and the USWNT in Harrison, New Jersey.

MORE: Wambach breaks Hamm’s record with four-goal night

After the match 33-year-old Wambach reflected on her incredible achievement and spoke of what lies ahead (presumably more goals) in the future. And with no end in sight to her career, Wambach is keen to keep scoring for the USWNT and is already thinking about someone who could one day break the record she has just set.

“It has never been my goal to break any world records,” Wambach said. “Especially one that my idol Mia Hamm had set. My personal goal would be to assist on many more Alex Morgan goals, so that she one day could break my record.”

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While Wambach also revealed one more World Cup title in 2015 would be the icing on the cake. “And or course the 2015 World Cup title, I would love nothing more than to bring that home for us.”

And President Barack Obama congratulated Wambach on shattering the world scoring record, sending out this tweet.

The NWSL star will soon be back in league action for the Western New York Flash, but Thursday night at RBA will be a night she will always remember.

MORE: Wambach praises teammates for help in breaking record

Below you can watch the record-breaking goals, a must see for US fans and soccer fans across the globe.

Enjoy and once again, huge congratulations to Abby Wambach!

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

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The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.