Marta makes history with 17th World Cup goal

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Brazil's Marta Da Silva sets new World Cup scoring record
Brazil's Marta Da Silva sets new World Cup scoring record

Brazil's Marta Viera da Silva has scored her 17th World Cup goal to make history as the highest scorer - male or female in a FIFA-organised Mundial.

Marta converted a penalty in Brazil's final Group C game against Italy on Tuesday to help her side to a 1-0 win and a place in Round of 16 of the Women's World Cup being staged in France.

The six-times FIFA Footballer of the Year scored her 16th goal on June 13 in her side's 2-3 loss to Australia to be at par with Germany's Miroslav Klose who is the highest scorer in the men's game, but the Brazilian's goal against Italy puts her one goal up.

Marta has become the highest scorer at any FIFA World Cup with 17 goals

The 33-year-old striker also becomes the first player male or female to score in five successive World Cup competitions with her 17th goal in 19 World Cup match appearances and joins the football legends' list which has fellow Brazilians forwards, Pelé and Ronaldo,both of who scored in five successive World Cup appearances.

Marta's teammates join to celebrate her winning goal

The Brazil captain converted the penalty on the 74th minute to hand her side the crucial three points to advance as one of the best third-placed teams, as Italy and Australia claimed the first and second spots respectively from Group B.

Eight minutes after the goal, she was substituted, Luana coming on for her, and the Brazil bench applauded in appreciation of the crucial goal she had scored to keep their WWC dream on course.

Italy who beat Jamaica and Australia in their previous two matches, finished on top despite the loss to Brazil, while the Matildas claimed the second spot after a 4-1 drubbing of the Reggae Girls who exit the competition as without a point.

All three sides finished on six points but finished in the chronological order on goals difference. For the goals difference, Italy topped with five, both Australia and Brazil had three each, but Australia surpassed the Brazilians on head-to-head, having beaten them 3-2 in their second group game.