Having won the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year on five consecutive occasions from 2006 to 2010 and scored more international goals than she has caps, Marta has already ensured that her name will feature prominently in women’s football’s record books.
Marta was part of the Brazil squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ at USA 2003 at the age of 17. Four years later, she played an integral part of Brazil’s second-place finish at China 2007, winning the adidas Golden Ball and the adidas Golden Boot along the way.
However, her life in football has not always been easy. “When I started playing there were no teams and no structure so I had to play with the boys,” Marta explained. “I get very emotional when I think about the humiliation that I’ve suffered playing football. However, things are getting better for women’s football.”
An ambassador for FIFA Live Your Goals campaign, Marta is working to advance FIFA’s mission to provide girls and women around the world with the opportunity to play football at all levels. She has played for clubs around the world including Western New York Flash, Umea, Tyreso, and Santos among many others, and the Brazilian has a clear message for the next generation of women’s footballers: “Never give up and be confident in what you do.
“There may be tough times but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.”