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A woman's game: Marta Vieira da Silva

Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward. With 17 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments.Moreover, she is the first footballer of either gender to score at five different World Cup editions, followed by Christine Sinclair.Marta is often regarded as the best female player of all time and was given the nickname “Pelé in skirts” by Pelé himself.She was named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, five of them being consecutive, from 2006 and 2010, and the latest one coming in 2018. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also awarded the Golden Ball (MVP) at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, and won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer in the 2007 Women’s World Cup after leading Brazil to the final of the tournament.

In January 2013 she was named as one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, alongside Amarildo, Bebeto, Carlos Alberto Torres, Ronaldo and Mario Zagallo.She also appeared in the Sveriges Television television documentary series The Other Sport from 2013.In August 2016, Marta was one of the 8 to carry the Olympic Flag in the Olympic Games in Rio.

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