Marta extends her legend

The 33-year-old scored a penalty (74) against Italy – in the last match of the group stage for Brazil, in Valenciennes, France – her 17th goal in the queen competition, beating by a bullseye the Polish-German Mirsoslav Klose, who recorded 16 goals in four World Cups.

Marta Vieira has been a sensation in recent years, even becoming listed as one of the best players in the world. The Brazilian athlete is already considered one of the best soccer players in her homeland.

Marta, from Brazil, celebrates her goal number 17 | AFP

With achievements such as winning six times the FIFA World Player since 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2018, she is a player who accumulates more FIFA awards, beating both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the women’s category she now surpasses the German Birgit Prinz (five World Cups) and the American Abby Wambach (four editions), who notched 14 goals each.

Top goal scorers in Women’s World Cups

  1. Marta (Brazil): 17 goals in the 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions.
  2. Birgit Prinz (Germany): 14 goals in the 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 editions.
  3. Abby Wambach (United States): 14 goals in the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 editions.
  4. Michelle Akers (United States): 12 goals in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 editions.

Maxi scorers in World Cups

  1. Marta (Brazil): 17 goals in the women’s editions of 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
  2. Miroslav Klose (Germany): 16 goals in the men’s editions of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
  3. Ronaldo (Brazil): 15 goals in the men’s editions of 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.
  4. Gerd Müller (Federal Republic of Germany): 14 goals in male editions of 1970 and 1974.
  5. Birgit Prinz (Germany): 14 goals in the women’s editions of 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
  6. Abby Wambach (United States): 14 goals in the women’s editions of 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
  7. Just Fontaine (France): 13 goals in the men’s edition of 1958.

With information from agencies

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