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Marta Vieira da Silva

Super Power: Courage

Dois Riachos, Brazil

Marta Vieira da Silva

February 19, 1986 to Present

Photo Credit: Ludovic Péron, via Wikimedia Commons.

About ...

Marta Vieira da Silva grew up in one of the poorest cities in Brazil. As a child, she often practiced her soccer skills with a soccer ball made out of plastic bags tied together.

Despite having so many challenges, Marta became one of the best soccer players in history. Her amazing technique, speed, and ability to score goals led many to call Marta "the female equivalent of Pele".

Special Facts ...

  • Named a U.N. goodwill ambassador in 2010
  • Holds the record for most goals scored at the Women’s World Cup (15 goals)
  • Named FIFA World Player of the Year five consecutive times between 2006 and 2010

Famous Quote:

"From very early on, I played soccer with boys on the street and always could do better than they could."

-Marta Vieira da Silva