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Jun 8, 2015

These World Cup Players Have Reached Peak Badass

I would say the athletes competing in the Women's World Cup are tough as nails, but they probably eat nails for breakfast, so...

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup kicked off on June 6 in Canada. Keep an eye out for these phenomenally ferocious footballers.

Alex Morgan, forward, United States

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What does Alex think about when she's not scoring game-winning goals? All the different ways she can kick your ass and then score game-winning goals, duh.

Nayeli Rangel, midfielder, Mexico

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Guess who doesn't care if you leave the game with your head still attached to your body? That's right: Nayeli.

Christine Sinclair, forward, Canada

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Or, as I like to call her, Christine "OMG, She's After Me, RUN!" Sinclair. Seriously, this woman brings a new meaning to the word aggressive.

Ayumi Kaihori, goalkeeper, Japan

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You might recall Ayumi as the Player of the Match in the 2011 Women's World Cup final, when she epically saved two of the United States' penalty kicks to lead Japan to its first championship. Respect.

Lotta Schelin, forward, Sweden

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Their faces say it all: losing the ball is simply not in Lotta's (R) game agenda. This is what soccer at 31 looks like, btw.

Celia Sasic, forward, Germany

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Someone tell Van Persie he's not the only one who does a diving header like a boss.

Laura Georges, defender, France

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I mean, really, who wouldn't be terrified of a kamikaze defender willing to sacrifice her own head in order to prevent a goal?!

Asisat Oshoala, forward, Nigeria

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It's just not fair that any of us are expected to keep up with a stride like that. Asisat's legs are basically canons and she clearly has no problem with firing them.

Veronica Boquete, forward, Spain

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Caution: encountering this player on the field will likely result in broken ankles and bruised pride.

Kim Do-yeon, defender, Korea Republic

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Kim Do-yeon doesn't just get a leg up on her competition; she'll run you into the ground while she does it.

Eniola Aluko, forward, England

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When players try to steal the ball from Eniola, she won't just hurdle over you; she'll give you a complimentary elbow to the face. You're welcome.

Lisa De Vanna, forward, Australia

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Some strikers shoot the ball. Others, like Lisa, will simply dribble past them for added humiliation. Ruthless.

Marta, forward, Brazil

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Marta, who like many other soccer deities who are so revered they go only by their first name, is the ultimate field warrior. You know you're a badass when it takes more than two German players to hold you back.

Diana Ospina, midfielder, Colombia

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Soccer is a contact sport. For players like Diana, "contact" basically means "charge at all costs." Goalkeepers included.

Sunisa Srangthaisong, defender, Thailand

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Sunisa clearly doesn't care about fouls, so long as she steals the ball from you, crushing your dreams (and maybe your face?) in the process.

Keep up with all the FIFA Women's World Cup scores and highlights here.