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Marta against all: Canada will host the best players in the world

Marta against all: Canada will host the best players in the world

"Pelé in a skirt" Marta is about to shine again.

Brazil's Marta is but one star among many at the Women's 2015 World Cup in Canada that begins on June 6.

And it is that the best players in the world will attend the biggest football event in the world: from American Abby Wambach to Spaniard Veronica Boquete, through Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi and Aya Miyama, Louisa Nécib from France, German Nadine Angerer and Swedes Lotta Schelin and Nilla Fischer.

Only German Nadine Kessler, Golden Ball winner n 2014, will miss the tournament because of an injury.

- 'Pelé in a skirt' against all -

Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo nor Frenchman Michel Platini and Holland's Johan Cruyff.

Marta, 'Pele in a skirt' as described by Pele himself, has been elected five times as the best player in the world by FIFA (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010), thus surpassing the 'Flea', with four Golden Balls, and her three pursuers, who have lifted the trophy three times.

So important is Marta for the history of women's football that, at age 29, she will be playing her fourth World Cup with one goal in mind: to take the title for the first time for Brazil.

In 2007 Brazil was at the threshold but fell to Germany 2-0. Now in Canada the team wants revenge.

"We are able to fight with the big powers," admitted the player in an interview with FIFA earlier this year.

Brazil is the greatest asset that Latin America has to lift the Cup and to do so the Auriverde will hand the reins to its captain and star, the best player in the history of the sport.

 

By Pedro REPARAZ/AFP

Photo: AFP

Edition: conmebol.com