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Name Marta
Gender Female
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Brazil Women National Team
Club as Player Orlando Pride

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Marta writes to her 14-year-old self] All you know is growing up and playing with the boys in town. But, only when they let you. Because they always had that stupid plan. You can play, they’d say, but only on a team with the players from the neighborhood who weren’t that good. Not that it mattered. ‘I’ll play with whoever,’ you tell them every time. And it didn’t matter. Because even when you were with the boys who couldn’t play very well, your team still won. You dribble fast, you play in a short space and you think fast. And you show them. Every. Single. Time. You show them: You’re a girl, and you can play football

2017 10 21 Retrieve

[Marta explains why the Netherlands star would be a great winner of The Best FIFA Women’s Player award] Lieke Martens did a very good job in the EURO and I like to see her play. I had the opportunity to play with her in Sweden, and she is a player that likes to get on the ball and go forward

2018 09 29 Retrieve

[Marta talks about what it takes to stay at the top] I don’t train harder than other players, but I will say this: every day that I go to training, I want to be the best there. I want to shoot the best, I want to run the fastest, I want to head the ball the best, I want to be the first to every ball. I want other people to look at me and think ‘why does she still have such a desire after all that time in football and after winning so many things?’ Because I know that by projecting this attitude and searching this out, that I will find something new to learn every day

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Marta on comparing women’s soccer with men’s soccer] We have to stop comparing women’s soccer with men’s soccer, first of all. It hurts when I hear this. We see people saying: ‘Marta won the trophy for best player in the world six times, but she never won a World Cup.’ Well, you have Messi and Ronaldo winning the same title, but they also never won a World Cup. But the way that they mention it is different

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Life after Marta: What is Brazil’s future without the game’s greatest ever player?] There’s not going to be a Formiga forever, there’s not going to be a Marta forever, there’s not going to be a Cristiane. Women’s football depends on you to survive. Think about it, value it more. We’re asking for support. You have to cry at the beginning and smile at the end