Marta Vieira da Silva

Marta Vieira da Silva is a Brazilian football player for Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States as well as on the Brazil national team. She is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport, recognised for her lifelong commitment to challenging stereotypes, overcoming barriers, and inspiring other women and girls to do the same. She demonstrates through both her own life story and through sport, how women and girls can develop life skills, self knowledge and leadership, role modelling how persistence brings rewards. Marta is widely regarded as the best female football player of all time, named FIFA World Player of the Year six times and winning the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

I want with all of my heart to continue telling my story and inspiring other girls to persist. Because I do not want to be an exception.
— Marta Vieira da Silva