“In terms of my knowledge of the game and decision-making, I definitely feel I’m the best I’ve ever been,” Lindahl told FIFA.com. “I am getting older and that has its challenges. It’s true that sometimes it’s a case of trying to convince yourself you can still do the same things you used to in your physical prime. But I definitely feel that I’ve never played as calmly, or seen things as clearly on the pitch, as I do now.”
And yet, while Lindahl has won over 150 caps for Sweden and collected two World Cup medals, her journey in the global finals has not been without turbulence. So, as she looked forward to France 2019 – her fifth and final World Cup – it gave her a chance to reflect on lessons learned since 2003.