Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons praised Christine Sinclair for her historic medal-winning Olympic performance in Tokyo, calling her the “very, very best player in the world.”

Sinclair, who stars as the captain of the Thorns under Parsons, is also captain of the Canadian women’s national soccer team. The 38-year-old is currently the all-time leading scorer in international soccer and recently confirmed that she plans to keep playing for Canada after the Tokyo Games.

“I think we have a massive responsibility, all of us that have ever been around, worked with, or competed against Sinc, to share the story and share the experiences that we’ve had,” Parsons said per an interview with Melina Melinae from NWSL media.

“She is the most humble, team-first, unselfish person, athlete, warrior, competitor I have ever come across,” he continued.

Parsons went on to emphasize that we must “all share who she is.”

In May, the Thorns head coach announced his departure from the club following the conclusion of the 2021 NWSL season to coach the Netherlands national team.

Read the full quote from Parsons here: