The soccer crazed country of Brazil has generously exported its Beautiful Game around the globe. The world adores the deft touches, brilliant runs and spectacular finishes of Brazil’s iconic players.
For decades celestial soccer talents like Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Kaka and Ronaldinho have showcased their scintillating skills in World Cups, European leagues and international friendlies.
Another Brazilian export, Marta Viera da Silva, or simply Marta, carries on her country’s Beautiful Game tradition by dominating the women’s game. She’s celebrated for unrivaled athleticism and panache.
And, she’s arguably one of the greatest athlete’s in the world that hardly anyone, except soccer junkies, knows about.
Soccer purists regard Marta as the female version of the great Pele, who coincidentally hails from the same soccer adoring nation of Brazil.
She’ll take the pitch tomorrow as her Brazilian side squares off against Australia in the Round of 16 in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sporting the #10 jersey as her male counterpart Pele, Marta has effortlessly reigned over the women’s game just as Pele prevailed over the men’s.
The 5’4″ Brazilian’s dazzling play earned her the coveted FIFA World Player of the Year. She’s earned this honor an unheard of five years in a row- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She’s also been voted runner-up for the same award twice.
This supremely skilled and relentlessly attacking midfielder has starred everywhere she’s played. A 2009 and 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer league MVP, Marta has excelled in the Olympics as well as the Women’s World Cup.
Marta led her Brazilian side to silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to Marta’s superlative play, Brazil placed second in the 2007 World Cup in China. At the 2007 event, Marta was awarded both the Golden Ball Trophy for best player and the Golden Boot Trophy as the tournament’s top scorer.
At age 29, Marta will continue enrapturing women’s soccer fans for years to come. She just surpassed Germany’s Brigit Prinz in the 2015 Women’s World Cup as the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.
This Brazilian’s amazing scoring ability, coupled with clever passes, flicks and tricks with the ball, have magnetized fans wherever she’s played.
It’s easy to understand why Marta’s female version of the Beautiful Game has made her the best women’s soccer player ever.
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