- FIFA Women’s World Cup in France saw Brazil striker Marta emerge the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history
- The 33-year-old Marta netted Brazil winner against Italy to take her tally to 17 goals in six World Cup finals
- Brazil will now battle France or Germany for a place in the quarter-final
Brazil striker Marta has emerged the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history after her goal against Italy helped the South American nation reached the last 16 round.
According to The Independent report, the 33-year-old Marta is upbeat her 17 goals in World Cup finals, will continue to help promote and raise the profile of the women's game.
Interestingly, the Orlando Pride forward is appearing in her sixth World Cup final, netted a spot-kick with 15 minutes of play left on the clock to see off Italy 1-0 and seal Brazil's progress to the last 16 knockout rounds from Group C.
Marta's penalty goal saw her edge past 16 goal mark set by Germany strike Miroslav Klose in the men's tournament and is looking forward to net more goals at the ongoing Women's World Cup in France this summer.
"I am very honoured, happy to write the history in a sport that for some people is still seen as a men's sport. We are breaking records, showing how much women's football has been developing," she said.
"It's a story not only for Marta, but also for all women out there."
Marta added: "Without question this is a big opportunity that we have here. We can use this platform to push for more support for equality, for women empowerment.
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"This is not news, this is just business as usual, but yes we try to represent and show how much women can play any type of role.
"There are many other women playing different roles, let me make this clear, that it's not only in sport, this is a struggle for equality across the board."
Brazil reached the last 16 round as one of the best third-placed sides, but will now battle France or Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.
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