Marta becomes the most prolific goal scorer in FIFA World Cup History
Marta Vieira da Silva surpasses the likes of Miroslav Klose, Ronaldo and Abby Wambach to secure her place as the most prolific goal scorer in either the men’s or the women’s version of the FIFA World Cup tournament Scoring 17 World Cup Goals
Marta participated in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Brazil who strolled through the group stage, winning all three games with Marta scoring four goals. In the quarter final Brazil won 3 – 2 against Australia with Marta netting from the penalty spot. In the semi-final Marta scored twice as Brazil won 4 – 0 against the USA, the second goal scored in spectacular fashion. In the final Brazil lost 2 – 0 to Germany. Marta had a penalty kick saved midway through the second half, which would have tied the match. She finished the 2007 Women’s World Cup as the winner of both the ‘Golden Ball’ as the top individual player and the ‘Golden Boot’ as the competition’s top scorer with seven goals.
Marta was part of the Brazil team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup where Brazil was eliminated by the USA in the quarter finals. She recorded four goals and two assists in the tournament, to move joint top of the all–time Women’s World Cup goal scorer list alongside Birgit Prinz on 14. It also earned her the Silver Boot as the tournament’s second leading goal scorer. From her first touch in the tournament against Australia, Marta was heavily jeered by local and opposing fans.
During her fourth World Cup in 2015, Marta became the all-time top scorer of the women’s tournament with 15 goals once she scored the second goal in Brazil’s debut against South Korea. Brazil lost to Australia in the Round of 16.
During the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup she became the first player, male or female to score at five different FIFA World Cup tournaments when she scored a penalty against Australia in Brazil’s second group game. And In the next match she scored another penalty, this time against Italy, to become the outright leading goal scorer Male or Female at the FIFA World Cup with 17 goals in total.