FIFAWWC: Marta Speaks On World Cup Role And Preserving Excellence

Brazil forward, Marta insists she has not sought any assurances from Brazil coach Pia Sundhage regarding playing time as she prepares for her sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.

The Brazilian legend, 37 is the tournament’s all-time leading scorer, having netted 17 times at the global finals.

Marta who accepts she is a very different player to the teenage sensation who dazzled during her first World Cup appearance at USA 2003, remains an important component of Sundhage’s squad as Brazil prepare for another tilt at glory 20 years later.

Asked how she has sustained her sky-high standards for such an extended period, Marta said, “It’s the work of a lifetime, how dedicated we are to keeping ourselves at a high level”.

“It’s very difficult to reach the top and to stay up there is even more difficult. But when you work with love and affection, it makes the job much easier. I am very happy to play at my sixth World Cup. I would never have achieved this alone.”

At France 2019, Marta became the first player to score in five different editions of the World Cup. That record was matched by Christine Sinclair later in the tournament and Cristiano Ronaldo at Qatar 2022.

Marta’s chances of standing alone as the first individual to net at six World Cups will, of course, be affected by how she is utilized Down Under.

After revealing her 23-player squad for the tournament, Brazil coach Sundhage said: “Marta is the queen, she is an icon. “Just being around her is contagious. If she will be in the starting line-up I don’t know, not yet. She will play the role I will give her and I am sure she will do well.”

Brazil’s 2023 world cup journey in Australia & New Zealand will begin with a clash with Panama on 24 July, before they take on France and conclude their group-stage fixtures against Jamaica.

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