Brazil's Marta sets scoring record in five World Cups

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Marta Da Silva has 16 goals in five World Cups
Marta Da Silva has 16 goals in five World Cups

Brazili's Marta Viera da Silva has joined football's greats with her 16th World Cup goal in her side's 2-3 loss to Australia in their second Group  game on Thursday.

The six-times FIFA Footballer of the Year, also became the first player male or female to score in five successive World Cup competitions with her 27th minute strike from the spot, handing her her 16th goal.

Though her effort was not enough to earn a point against the Australians, who recorded their second WWC victory against the Brazilians, it was enough to put the 33-year-old striker up as the only female on the football legends' list which has fellow Brazilians forwards, Pelé and Ronaldo, with such a record.

Marta converted a penalty for Brazil to record her 16th World Cup goal

Her 16th goal also puts her at the same level as German striker Miloslav Klose, who in 24 World Cup appearances from 2002 to 2014, holds the record of the player to score in the four tournaments.

Should the Orlando Pride striker score in Brazil's final group game against Italy on June 17, she would become the all-time top scorer of a FIFA World Cup.

Marta's first WWC goal was against Norway at the 2003 tournament

Marta scored her first WWC goal at the 2003 tournament in the USA, where she helped her side beat Norway 4-1 in their group campaign. She scored three goals in that tournament which was also her debut WWC.

In 2007 in becoming the FIFA Best Player, Marta had a great tournament in China, leading her side all the way to the final with her picturesque goal in Brazil's 4-0 mauling of then champions, USA, as the most memorable.

In that year, she also became the winner of the tournament's Golden Shoe award with seven goals.

The 2007 WWC was the best for Marta. She finished as topscorer with seven goals

The Brazilian star, returned to the 2011 tournament in Germany to finish as Silver Shoe winner with four goals, which included a brace against Norway at the group stages.

The WWC in Canada in 2015 was not a very good tournament for Marta and her Brazil teammates. Marta scored her only goal at the tournament when she converted a penalty in their 2-0 win against South Korea but they were eliminated 0-1 by Australia at the Round of 16.

Returning as the captain of the Canarinhas for the 2019 tournament, she is yet to get into fine form but made the headlines with her record goal scored on the 27th minute when she scored the first goal in the match, converting a penalty.

Fellow experienced star, Cristiane scored the other goal on the 33rd minute, but Australia recovered to score deep in injury time on 45th minute and also on the 58th and 66th minute to deny Marta a truly memorable day.

More history beckons Marta at the Women's World Cup

While  she piles on the records, there is still a missing silverware in Marta's collection -- a World Cup medal -and that is difference between her and the male legends, Pele, Ronaldo and Klose who are all World Cup champions.

Marta and Brazil's best performance is the silver medal earned as runners-up to Germany at the 2007 WWC in China.