A native of Dois Riachos in the state of Alagoas, 26-year-old Marta Vieira da Silva was named FIFA World Player of the Year for five consecutive years between 2006 and 2010. In 2007 she led Brazil to the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ for the first time in their history, also claiming the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Boot awards for best player and top scorer at that tournament in China PR.

Marta left Brazil aged just 18 to play for Swedish club Umea. There she would prove an immediate hit, helping her new side win the UEFA Women’s Cup in her first season and celebrating four Swedish league titles.

In 2009, she moved to the USA, where she would win two championships in three seasons. That year Marta also enjoyed a spell at Santos, lifting the Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores. She then returned to Sweden in 2012, winning another league title, this time with Tyreso FF.

With Brazil, Marta has won two silver medals at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournaments.