Brazilian Legend Marta Named The Best FIFA Women's World Player 2018.
32 Says she was born to play soccer. Holding the record for the most goals scored in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and a six-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, she has earned the distinction of being known around the world simply as Marta. Her path to becoming the best female soccer player of all time was far from easy. Growing up in Dois Riachos, one of Brazil’s poorest towns, her passion for soccer started when she was around seven or eight years old. At that time her love for the beautiful game was criticized because people thought it was not right for girls to play soccer. From 1941 until 1979, girls and women in Brazil were banned from playing soccer not in schools, not for fun, and certainly not professionally. As a result, when Marta’s generation came around, gender stereotypes ran rampant. Courageously, she continued playing and at 14 years old she was offered an opportunity to join women’s team in Rio de Janeiro. In the essay Letter to My Younger Self, Marta describes the difficult decision to leave her family behind and fight against prejudice. “People need to see sports in general as a way to fight against everything that is negative. To fight against prejudice, to fight against inequality, and to empower and help culture as well,” said Marta. “If used well with education, sport is also a great tool to help kids. Also, to find the respect for all the difference we have.” 👽ˢᵃᵇᴿᴵᴺᵃ ᵃᵇᴿᵞ🍑