Marta said she was representing women in football after becoming the leading scorer in the history of the men’s and women’s World Cups by firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil’s place in the last 16 of this year’s tournament in France.
Australia beat Jamaica 4-1. The 33-year-old, widely considered the best player in the history of the women’s game, slammed home from the spot in the 74th minute against Group C winners Italy to secure qualification and take her World Cup tally to 17 after Debinha was bundled over by Elena Linari. That puts her one ahead of former Bayern Munich and Lazio striker Miroslav Klose in the all-time rankings, and the veteran attacker said the goal was more than just a personal triumph.
“The feeling is a joyful one, definitely, not only for breaking the record but for being able to represent women in doing so,” she said Tuesday. And for being able to help my team which is what matters most, qualifying for the next stage of the tournament.”