Marta: Most Successful Soccer Player

October 16, 2008

Meet Marta Vieira da Silva or Marta, as she is known popularly, a Brazilian football player who won both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards during the 2007 Women’s World Cup. See photos, video and a biography of Marta here.

Marta was featured in the October issue of Newsweek for her soccer skills in an article which talks about leadership and women. She shared the space with other personalities like Tyra Banks and Cynthia Nixon.

Marta Vieira da Silva Biography

As a biography, Marta Vieira da Silva was born on February 19, 1986 in Dois Riachos, Alagoas so her age is 22. She was spotted by famous Brazilian female coach Helena Pacheco, at the age of 14. She started her career with Vasco da Gama, a small Rio club, for two years until the club discontinued their women’s team.

Marta has been in the Brazilian National Team since 2002. They beat the US Under-20 national team to win Pan-American Games in 2007 and it made her a national celebrity in Brazil. The imprints of her boots were cemented in the stadium and people started comparing her with Pele and called her “Pele with skirts”. In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she was the top individual player and scored seven goals to win the Golden Boot. Although the team lost the Championship to Germany in the finals, Marta had entered the elite status.

She was the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Marta was also a member of the silver medal winning Brazilian team in the Beijing Olympics. She currently plays as a midfielder for Sweden’s UmeĆ„ IK. Her career record for Brazil stands at 47 goals in almost 45 appearances.

Her favorite sport besides soccer is tennis and her favorite soccer players are Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

More photos and a video of Marta Vieira da Silva are below.

Marta Vieira da Silva Video
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