Socceroos legend Tim Cahill has been inducted in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Regarded as one of Australia’s greatest ever footballers, Cahill is among seven new inductees for 2023 by the nation’s most prestigious sporting organisation, alongside Kurt Fearnley, Lydia Lassila, Johnathan Thurston, Nova Peris and Tim McLaren.
The Socceroos’ all-time leading goalscorer with 50 goals in 108 international appearances, he is 10th footballer or coach in the Hall of Fame after Ray Baartz, Rale Rasic, Joe Marston, Alfred Quill, Johnny Warren, Peter Wilson, Cheryl Salisbury, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.
Cahill was also the first Australian to score at a FIFA Men’s World Cup, while he also found the back of the net at three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014) – making him the highest scoring Socceroo at the showpiece event with five.
“I was extremely honoured and excited when I received the call from John,” said the 43-year-old, who won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
“To be joining such an incredible group of athletes from across the history of Australian sport makes me feel both proud and grateful to all those who helped me in my career, especially my family.”
Cahill made a name for himself at English club Millwall, where he reached the FA Cup final in 2003-04.
He went on to become a club legend at Everton, scoring 68 goals in 278 games while also enjoying a run to the 2008-09 FA Cup decider.
Stints with New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown followed before spending a season with Melbourne City in the Isuzu UTE A-League.
Cahill won the 2016 Australia Cup during his time in Melbourne.