Chelsea's Sam Kerr breaks Australia's all-time goalscoring record

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has broken Australia's all-time goalscoring record, scoring four times in her side's Asian Cup 18-0 win against Indonesia.

Kerr, 28, went into the game on 49 goals. She needed one to equal Cahill's all-time record but she instead scored five times to bring her tally to 54.

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"Obviously Tim is a legend in Australia so to be in the same conversation as him is an amazing honour," Kerr told reporters. "But any time I score for my country, it's an amazing honour.

"I didn't have many so I don't take any goal for granted... breaking the record is amazing and it's something I will remember forever."

Kerr, whose father was born in the Indian city of Kolkata to an English father and an Indian mother, said breaking the record in India made the achievement extra special.

"I definitely thought about that before the game about how special it will be for my family. It's my first time playing here in India," Kerr added.

"It's special to break the record and a bit more special doing it here and in the Asian Cup, which is a really important tournament to me."

Her first goal for the national side came in 2010 during the Asian Cup when she was just 16.

The game against Indonesia marks Kerr's 105th appearance. Cahill scored 50 goals in 108 appearances.

"Congratulations @samkerr1 on this amazing achievement," Cahill wrote on Twitter after the match.

"You are an inspiration globally and I'm one of your biggest supporters and always here for you on and off the park. Keep breaking records and most importantly enjoy the journey."

Kerr, who captains Australia, was a runner-up in FIFA's The Best awards on Monday and also came in the top three of the Ballon d'Or Feminin.

Breaking her country's all-time goalscoring record is the latest in a string of achievements for Kerr. She is the all-time leading scorer in the National Women's Soccer League and is the only female footballer to have won the Golden Boot in three different leagues and three different continents.

She was also the first Australian player to score a hat trick at a World Cup.

She leads the 2021-22 race for the Women's Super League Golden Boot with nine goals. Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema is two behind her on seven with teammate Fran Kirby in third with six goals.

Australia play the Phillipines next on Monday.