An enthusiastic Matildas fan says Sam Kerr was repeatedly snubbed in his eyes when it came to talking about Australia’s all-time greatest goalscorer.
Self-proclaimed feminist Wil Stracke published a Recent TikTok clip asking why Kerr’s decorated accomplishments on the pitch aren’t recognized in the same breath as Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
Cahill, 43, scored 50 goals in 108 international appearances before retiring in 2018 – and Kerr found the back of the net for Australia 63 times.
Stracke was puzzled as to why the achievements of the two footballers are seen as separate.
“Early last year, a sports commentator (football legend Robbie Slater) wrote an article saying that although Sam Kerr had scored more goals for Australia, his record was not equal to that of Tim Cahill,” Stracke’s video began – which garnered nearly 300,000 views. .
Fiery Matildas fan Wil Stracke said on TikTok that Sam Kerr was repeatedly snubbed when it came to talking about Australia’s all-time greatest goalscorer
An article by former Socceroo Robbie Slater in January 2022 infuriated Kerr (pictured)
“The article (also) said that you can’t compare men’s and women’s sports…unless you’re talking about Australia’s greatest goalscorer of all time, shouldn’t it just be about scoring goals?
Stracke pointed out that if you google the question, “article after article just lists men” and that “the clear default is that sport is equal to men” and women only do “sport feminine”.
She concludes her argument by suggesting that Cahill is the Socceroos’ highest goalscorer – but Kerr holds the Australian record.
Slater’s infamous News Corp column left Kerr, 29, ‘disgusted and furious’ with the Matildas captain calling the article’s content ‘the most sexist thing you can say’.
Kerr was seething at Slater’s claim that his goalscoring record for the national team is “not equal” to Cahill’s.
Stracke was puzzled as to why the achievements of Cahill and Kerr are seen as separate by some football identities
Tim Cahill scored 50 goals in 108 international appearances before retiring in 2018 – and Kerr found the back of the net for Australia 63 times.
“Literally the most sexist thing you can say – not equal,” Kerr said in the Disney+ pre-World Cup documentary titled Matildas: The world at our feet.
‘Imagine little girls reading this.
“I can’t believe nowadays that someone could write this and have young girls reading it, and that the (Daily) Telegraph would actually run such a sexist comment on the front page.”
‘NOT EQUAL’, ‘IRRESPECTFUL’ and ‘IT’S RIDICULOUS’ were used in giant block letters on the cover, front and back pages of the sports section of last January’s Daily Telegraph issue to describe how Slater felt .
“Let’s not proclaim Kerr Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer,” wrote the Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers.
The Daily Telegraph’s front page of January 23, 2022, calling Kerr’s record “not equal to Cahill’s”, was “literally the most sexist thing you could say” according to Kerr
The front (right) and back (left) pages of the sports section continued to attack the rhetoric that Kerr broke the record, which Robbie Slater wrote as “disrespectful” to Cahill.
Kerr converts a penalty against Indonesia in the 2022 Asian Cup, the match in which she broke Tim Cahill’s record with a run of five goals
Do not mistake yourself. Sam Kerr is a fantastic player and I’m delighted that she has now scored 54 times for Australia… yes, she has scored more goals for the Matildas than any other player in history.
“But Tim Cahill was a Socceroo, not a Matilda. His 50 goals for the Socceroos is a record that shouldn’t be eclipsed by Kerr’s accomplishments.
“This is disrespectful to Cahill.”
However Cahill, perhaps the greatest Australian men’s player of all time, clearly didn’t want to be part of it.
‘Congratulations Sam Kerr on this incredible achievement. You are an inspiration on a global scale and I am one of your biggest supporters and always there for you on and off the park. Keep breaking records and above all enjoy the journey,’ he wrote on social networks at the time.
Kick off for the World Cup semi-final between the Matildas and England is at 8pm AEST on Wednesday night.