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Marta: Brazil's trailblazer

Updated 1053 GMT (1853 HKT) August 7, 2013
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Marta Vieira da Silva, or Marta as she is simply known, is considered the finest female football star on the planet. The Brazilian has won FIFA's World Player of the Year on five out of the nine times she has been nominated. AFP/Getty Images
Nicknamed "Pele with skirts," she has been the stand out player for Brazil since making her debut as a 17-year-old at the 2003 World Cup. She has scored 14 goals in 14 World Cup matches.
The 27-year-old won her world's best player titles in consecutive years from 2006-10. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
Marta has been an inspiration to young Brazilian girls who want to play football. At the age of 14 she was invited to join Vasco de Gama in Rio de Janeiro where she began to play with the girls' team and establish herself as the nation's most promising female player. AFP/Getty Images
Marta and Pele have met on several occasions with Brazil's greatest ever male football star speaking in glowing terms of the woman known to many as the "Female Pele." Like Pele in his prime, Marta also has the number 10 on her shirt. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images
Marta is one of the most fearsome predators in women's football, scoring goals for fun wherever she has played. Her career has seen her record huge success in the U.S. and Sweden as well as on the international stage, where she is Brazil's most-capped player. Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images