Marta stepped up to receive the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award for the fifth time in a row in Zurich on Monday evening. Such sustained success has been made possible by her elusive dribbling and fearless finishing, qualities that have made her the undisputed number one in the women’s game.
No less tearful than she was on her four previous wins, the elated Brazilian entertainer told FIFA.com how it felt to be on top of the world yet again.
FIFA.com: Who are you dedicating the award to?
Marta: My family, my team-mates and all the people who work with me and keep pushing me on. Without them by my side I don’t think I’d have achieved any of this.
Do you have room at home for all these awards?
I’ve got a room where I put all my trophies and an area set aside for all the FIFA ones. I’ve still got more space though, and even if I didn’t I’d soon find some (laughs).
Is an award like this a source of motivation or a burden?
Well, it certainly weighs enough (laughs)! It is a burden I suppose, a big responsibility. People expect a lot more of you as a result, and it’s almost like you’re carrying the whole of your team on your back. But I’ve always been able to handle that pretty well, both at club and international level. My team-mates have shown me that responsibility is something to be shared, so that takes the weight off and lets me see this trophy as a positive thing, as an incentive and a motivational asset that strengthens my will to keep on working and come back here again. And I want to win it again by helping my team-mates.
What can you do to improve your game?
By scoring more goals, perhaps with my head, which is my weak point, or my right foot. I need to keep improving physically and mentally to make sure I don’t stop developing. This trophy is going to give me a big boost and encourage me to carry on improving.
What do you have to say to your two rivals tonight?
They are great players and they had a fantastic year. They’re here because they deserve to be. [Birgit] Prinz is someone who inspires a lot of other players and who’s had a very rewarding career in football, and Fatmire [Bajmaraj] has a great future ahead of her. They’re both top-class players.
Germany beat Brazil in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. Can you gain revenge this July?
I hope they don’t have the same success as they’ve had here today (smiles). I hope I can win then with the Brazil team.
That makes it five awards now. No one’s done that before.
It means a lot, especially for us because it’s harder for women. The men earn a lot of money and they have a lot of clubs they can choose to play for. We work very hard but we’re always thinking about what might happen next year, if there’s going to be a team or a competition even. That’s what makes this an honour and a source of pride. This trophy isn’t just for me. It’s dedicated to women’s football as a whole.