Marta, the 33-year-old Brazillian forward scored a late penalty against Italy to secure Brazil’s place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup 2019. In doing so, she also broke the men’s and women’s tournament goal record for the most World Cup goals with 17 goals. Miroslav Klose of Germany previously held the record with 16 goals. The Orlando Pride player, playing in her fifth World Cup tournament sent the ball to the back of the net with 15 minutes of game time remaining.
Marta mentioned that it was such a joyous moment, not only to be able to break the record but representing women in performing such a feat. She also commented that every team here in the Women’s World Cup is trying to showcase the potential of women in sports, and a struggle for equality too. The six-time player of the year and two-time Olympic silver medalist became the first footballer to score in five separate World Cups with 106 senior international goals already. Her role in helping the development of the global women’s game has been widely praised and recognized.
However, Brazil’s dream of lifting the World Cup was shattered by their 2-1 defeat to France in the Round of 16. Amandine Henry scored the deciding goal during extra-time and France proceeded to the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, Marta is still undeniably a football legend and a voice calling for equality in women’s football.