Nicknamed ‘Pele with skirts’ by the great man himself, Marta was born in the western district of Dois Riachos of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Arguably one of the most decorated female football athlete ever, Marta started her senior career at Vasco da Gama in 2000 and went through the ranks of Santa Cruz before making her presence felt at Umea IK where she scored 210 goals in just 103 matches. She also has over 100 goals for Brazil in just over 130 matches she has played in.
Marta was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for five consecutive years from 2006 to 2010 and was also a key figure for the national side which won silver at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
1. Megan Rapinoe:
Megan Rapinoe, 33, is one of the best players to ever hit the field as part of the United States Women’s National Team. The midfielder/winger is a gold-medal Olympian and two time World Cup champion. As one of the team’s co-captains, she’s a leader both on and off the field, helping make the plays that win games.
With the way she’s playing, as one of the best female footballers in the world right now, it’s not completely unreasonable that she’ll be back for the 2023 World Cup. She has played three World Cups and twice has been short-listed for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. She was the winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019.
She currently plays for Reign FC, having previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and magicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France’s Division 1 Féminine.