Abby Wambach is done. Tonight she retires from soccer, finishing the USWNT victory tour in New Orleans against China. She’ll finish as the all-time greatest scorer in international history, and will go out as a reigning World Cup champion. So why, on the night we celebrate her the most, did Wambach delete both her Twitter and Instagram accounts?
She wants you to forget her.
Here are her final tweets, which have been deleted:
A big thank you to @CreeBulb for taking such good care of me and my family. I will never forget and appreciate all that you do.
Thank you to @nikesoccer for being there from the beginning and for your incredible support of the women’s game. You are the best.
Thanks @Gatorade for bringing me into the family years ago and keeping me hydrated and ahead of the game my entire career.
Make them forget me.
Then she dropped one final message, in an ad with Gatorade. In the video Wambach is taking apart her locker, and reflecting on past moments with USWNT. As she exits the locker room one final time, the video cuts to a younger generation of players.
Here’s the full message from the video:
Forget me. Forget my number, forget my name, forget I ever existed. Forget the medals won, the records broken, and the sacrifices made. I want to leave a legacy where the ball keeps rolling forward. Where the next generation accomplishes things so great.. that I am no longer remembered. So, forget me. Because the day I’m forgotten, is the day we will succeed.
It’s a powerful message. Wambach certainly played her own brand of soccer, and showed the world that a female can play physical at the game’s highest level. Click here to check out Wambach’s career highlights and milestones, and here to find out how you can watch tonight’s match.