How much is Mia Hamm worth?
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Soccer Player|
|Date of Birth:||March 17, 1972|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm, whose real full name is Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra, is an American (retired) professional football player, Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA World Cup Champion. Her career spanned a little over two decades but it was enough to establish her as one of the most prominent female athletes. After spending some time playing college football, she became a professional that played as both midfielder and forward in the US national football team for nearly 20 years.
How Did Mia Hamm Get So Rich?
Being a football icon in not just the female national team but overall in the female football has helped the Alabama native become rich. Her first taste of victory came in 1989 when she helped the Tar Heels score the win and earn the NCAA Division Women’s Soccer Championship, which they went on to achieve for five consecutive years. Concurrently with being one of the best players for the North Carolina team, starting the age of 15, Mia became a regular member of the women’s national team (beginning in 1987).
During her tenure with the national team, the football sensation made a lot of history. While competing in four FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, because of her young age, she became the youngest person to ever play for the team. Thanks to her solid performances in the inaugural 1991 tournament, as well as the others (1995 in Sweden, 1999 and 2003 in the US), Mia Hamm was able to earn a total of $500.000 and some more. Winning the inaugural and 1999 tournament also boosted the popularity of the star and soon, she enjoyed fans from all over the world.
Why is she so famous?
Mia Hamm became famous in the 1980s when she joined the women’s national team and began appearing on the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was born on March 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama. She is the fourth of six children to Bill and Stephanie Hamm and spent most of her childhood in different locations because of her father who worked in the United States Air Force. During her time in Florence, Italy, she began playing soccer and became hugely popular.
When Mia was five (and living in Wichita Falls, Texas), she joined her very first soccer team. She spent her entire youth playing football and improving her skills at junior high school. In 1986, her football career officially started when she began playing soccer for theatre Dame Catholic High School as both a freshman and sophomore, whilst also becoming the youngest player in the US women’s national soccer team. After graduation, Hamm enrolled at the University of North Carolina where she spent four years (1989 to 1993) with the North Carolina Tar Heels.
What Makes Her So Successful?
What makes Mia Hamm so successful are the many achievements and records that she obtained during her career. Over the course of her acclaimed international career, Mia Hamm was able to play in 42 matches and score 14 goals at 7 international tournaments. In May 1999, she made history by scoring her 108th goal in a game against Brazil that broke the all-time international record. By the end of her career, that record was upped to 158 but was eventually surpassed by Abby Wambach in 2013.
Concurrently with being the second-ever female football player with the most goals, Hamm was also very successful in other events and competitions. She led the US national team in the inaugural Olympics (in 1996), which they went on to win. From her time in the Olympics, she was able to win two gold medals. Prior to her retirement, for her contribution to women’s football, she received many prestigious awards and achievements like one of the greatest living players, as well as FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001. She’s also the recipient of three ESPY awards and is a hall of famer in more than five football hall of fames, with the most notable being the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Mia Hamm is hailed as a football icon that played from 1986 to 2004. After her retirement in the early years of the new century, she became a global ambassador for the FC Barcelona, a member of the board of directors of the Series A Club A.S. Roma, and is the co-owner of Los Angeles FC. Besides prestigious awards and achievements, the sensational player’s career has also been featured in several films, documentaries, and television shows.