Marta Vieira da Silva (born February 19, 1986 in Dois Riachos, Alagoas), more commonly known as Marta, she is a Brazilian forward who plays for the Tyresö FF (Sweden) in the Damallsvenskan. She is also a member of the Brazil women’s national football team.
She has been named FIFA World Player of the Year five times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and was the inaugural winner of that award’s successor, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, in 2010. She was also awarded the Golden Ball (MVP) at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship. In the 2007 Women’s World Cup, she won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer. She also tops the all–time Women’s World Cup goal scorer list alongside Birgit Prinz.

She is widely regarded as one of the best female soccer players of all time.

 

Umeå IK
Marta joined Umeå IK prior to the 2003–2004 season during which Umeå reached the final of the UEFA Cup.

2004–2005 Season:

Saw Marta scoring 21 goals, and Umeå IK winning the league title, having gone undefeated.

2005–2006 Season:

Umeå IK once again won the league title without losing, and Marta, as in the previous year, was the league’s top scorer with 21 goals.

 

2006–2007 Season:

Saw a relatively successful season for Umeå IK with the club winning both the league and the Swedish Cup, beating AIK 4 – 3 with Marta scored a hat-trick. Marta scored 25 goals in the league finishing one goal behind the top scorer Lotta Schelin.

 

2008 season:

The 2008 season saw Umeå IK and Marta win another Swedish championship title.

Los Angeles Sol:
Marta announced that she would be joining Women’s Professional Soccer team Los Angeles Sol under a three year contract. Marta was the league’s top scorer for the 2009 season during which the Sol were regular season champions.

Santos:
During the off-season with Los Angeles Sol, she signed a three-month loan contract to play with Santos in the Copa Libertadores and in the Copa do Brasil helping her club win both competitions,

 

FC Gold Pride:
Marta was acquired by the FC Gold Pride She appeared in all of the Pride’s 24 matches and scored 19 goals, earning her the WPS MVP and WPS Golden Boot for the second year in a row. Marta also appeared in the WPS All-Star 2010; she led the Gold Pride to the regular season championship and had two assists and a goal in the WPS Championship against the Philadelphia Independence.

 

Goodwill Ambassador:

United Nations Development Programme in 2010 appointed the world’s top-ranked women’s football player and Brazilian national, Marta Vieira da Silva as a Goodwill Ambassador, to advocate for women’s empowerment as a means to fight poverty.

 

Western New York Flash:
Marta joined her third WPS team in three years, the expansion team Western New York Flash, Marta helped them to the Regular Season Championship title, scoring 10 goals for the season, earning her a third consecutive PUMA Golden Boot award. The Brazilian soccer star edged out fellow Flash forward Christine Sinclair, in the tie breaker having a greater production rate based on goals per game average

 

FIFA World Player of the year:
2001 
1st Mia Hamm – United States – Washington Freedom
2nd Tiffeny Milbrett – United States – New York Power
3rd Sun Wen – China PR – Atlanta Beat
2002 
1st Mia Hamm – United States – Washington Freedom
2nd Birgit Prinz – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Sun Wen – China PR – Atlanta Beat
2003 
1st Birgit Prinz – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Mia Hamm – United States – Washington Freedom
3rd Hanna Ljungberg – Sweden – Umeå IK
2004 
1st Birgit Prinz – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Mia Hamm – United States – W. Freedom
3rd Marta – Brazil – Umeå IK
2005 
1st Birgit Prinz – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
2nd Marta – Brazil – Umeå IK
3rd Shannon Boxx – United States
2006 
1st Marta – Brazil – Umeå IK
2nd Kristine Lilly – United States – KIF Örebro DFF
3rd Renate Lingor – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
2007 
1st Marta – Brazil – Umeå IK
2nd Birgit Prinz – Germany – 1. FFC Frankfurt
3rd Cristiane – Brazil – VfL Wolfsburg
2008 
1st Marta – Brazil – Umeå IK
2nd Birgit Prinz – Germany – Frankfurt
3rd Cristiane – Brazil – Linköping/ Corinthians
2009 
1st Marta – Brazil – Los Angeles Sol/ Santos
2nd Birgit Prinz – Germany – Frankfurt
3rd Kelly Smith – England – Boston Breakers
2010 
1st Marta – Brazil – Los Angeles Sol/ Santos
2nd Birgit Prinz – Germany – Frankfurt
3rd Fatmire Bajramaj – Germany – Turbine Potsdam
2011 
1st Homare Sawa – Japan – INAC Kobe Leonessa
2nd Marta – Brazil – Western New York Flash
3rd Abby Wambach – United States – MagicJack

 

Marta is the only player in history to win the FIFA World Player of the year five times in a row.

 

Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award

The Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award is a soccer award for players in Women’s Professional Soccer. The award is given to the player deemed the most valuable player in the league each season.
2009 – Marta, Los Angeles Sol
2010 – Marta, FC Gold Pride
2011 – Verónica Boquete, Philadelphia Independence

Golden Boot award

The WPS Golden Boot (currently the PUMA Golden Boot for sponsorship reasons) has been awarded since the 2009 to Women’s Professional Soccer’s regular season leading scorer. 

2009 Marta Los Angeles Sol 10 goals
2010 Marta FC Gold Pride 19 goals
2011 Marta Western New York Flash 10 goals, Christine Sinclair Western New York Flash 10 goals.

So I hope people would agree that Marta is the best player to date in women’s football history.

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1 Comment
  1. Women's Soccer United 7 years ago

    She has had an amazing career so far, you forget how much she has actually achieved

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