Sam Kerr has been tagged as the best forward in women's soccer after her latest heroics helped Chelsea storm into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Sam Kerr's stock continue to soar in the global game with the Matildas' ace saluted as the best striker in women's football after her latest tour de force in the Champions League.
The 27-year-old looked like an athlete at the peak of her powers on Wednesday as she delivered another "world-class" goal - her 20th of an increasingly garlanded campaign - in Chelsea's 3-0 quarter-final second leg dismantling of German champions Wolfsburg.
Kerr also won the first-half penalty which was converted by Pernille Harder to set the English Women's Super League holders' victory - and a 5-1 aggregate win - that their manager Emma Hayes said was the biggest day in the team's history.
And at the heart of it all was Kerr's brilliant movement and those predatory instincts that left Karen Carney, an ex-Chelsea star and one of the luminaries of the English women's game, purring.
Asked in her role as a pundit on BT Sport whether Kerr was among the best strikers in the world, Carney said: "She is THE best for me."
Carney, who was capped 144 times by England, joined in the acclaim for Kerr's goal in Budapest.
Kerr controlled a floated ball in the box with back to goal, created a little space with two touches to edge past her marker and then swivelled to fire home.
"Her movement is exceptional, the way she peels off, finds space. Fran (Kirby) peeled off for her (Kerr's) goal but it was the movement, to check after the ball came to feet, the protection of the ball, the turn," Carney said.
It reminded Carney of all the criticism that Kerr had taken at the start of her move to Chelsea when she was guilty of misfiring in front of goal.
"It didn't work for her at the start of the season but people have got to understand the pressure, the expectation she faced, going into Chelsea with a big name on your jersey," Carney said.
"And (Chelsea manager) Emma Hayes stood by her, (saying) 'I've spent 18 months recruiting her, I'm going to stand by her because I know this girl is going to win us the Champions League'. And she will'.
"She's outstanding. She's the best forward in Europe at the moment."
Hayes, who reckoned that Kerr had enjoyed her best performance in her 16-month spell at the club when she scored in last week's first leg in Budapest, felt Wednesday's second leg triumph was a landmark moment for the English champions.
"I've waited nine years for today. That's a long time for this moment," she said.
"I think it's probably the biggest win in Chelsea's history - and I'm extremely proud and grateful.
"I feel like this is not just a win to get through to the semi-finals.
"This is a nine-year project and I think it's a really big day for us and a really big day for women's football in England - but it's not enough. I want more."
To reach the final for the first time, Chelsea will have to win a last-four tie, probably against Bayern Munich, who play Rosengard on Thursday with a 3-0 first-leg advantage.