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Woman Ronaldinho

Friday, August 22, 2008

Marta Vieira da Silva is considered the best female footballer in the world. Two-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year (2006-07), a runner-up once (2005) and third-place finisher once (2004), was a member of the Brazilian National Team that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

She was also named the the best player at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship after scoring six goals. In the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer.

Rene Simoes, coached Brazil's women's team at the 2004 Olympics, compared Marta to another Brazilian forward - the great Romário, with whom he has also worked. He said they are very similar, whether playing dominoes, cards, or football - neither of them accepts losing.

Simoes added Marta's technique is as good as the men's. Her ball control at speed is fabulous and she thinks fast. In the history of women's football only Mia Hamm has been a better player.

By the Brazilian fans, she was compared with the great Brazilian player Pelé, being called "Pelé with skirts". Even the great Pelé agreed with the comparison. Like Pelé in 1958, Marta was only 17 when she made her World Cup debut in 2003.

In February 2004, she became the first Brazilian woman to play professionally in Europe with Swedish club Umea. Marta has led Umea to two Damallsvenskan titles, one Swedish Cup and two UEFA Cups since joining the club.

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