Brazil great Marta put her name in the record books once again, scoring from the penalty spot against Italy to become the most prolific scorer in World Cup finals history. Her 17th Women’s World Cup goal secured a 1-0 win and saw her overtake Germany’s Miroslav Klose as the outright leading scorer in either the men’s or women’s tournament.
While talking about her unqiue and historic world cup record she announced that she will dedicate this record to fighting for more equality. “Do you think he’ll change his mind about retiring and play at the next World Cup?” Marta joked.
Marta wasn’t fazed by the possibility of facing France, who topped Group A with a perfect nine points after scraping past Nigeria on Monday. “To play against the host nation would be a privilege. The stadium would be full of fans singing,” she said. “I love playing in front of a big crowd whether it’s supporting me or is against me. I just want there to be fans who are watching us.”
Marta is widely considered the greatest player in the history of the women’s game and was hailed by her teammates as an inspiration for others wanting to take up the male-dominated sport. “She is like an icon for us and I think every year she is breaking records and that’s no just important for us but for all of women’s soccer. I’m so happy she is Brazilian,” said centre-back Monica. Fellow defender Tamires added: “We have a lot of young players coming up and I hope they look to her and how she plays, what makes her so special and so incredible and follow her.”
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17 November, 2019