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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Brazilian legend, Marta has given a hint on calling it time on her international career after a wonderful career with the national team.

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One would have expected the Orlando Pride player to have played her last set of games after the group stage ouster of the Seelecao at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Elected six times as the best football player in the world and currently with Orlando Pride, in the United States of America (USA), Marta announced in an interview with “CNN” that this will be her last year in the Brazilian team. At 38 years old, the star hopes that the Paris Olympic Games will be her last stint with “Hopscotch”.

“If I go to the Olympics, I will enjoy every moment, because regardless of whether I go to the Olympics or not, this is my last year with the national team. There is no longer Marta in the national team as an athlete from 2025 onwards”, said Marta.

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Still in the interview, the six-time best player in the world praised the new names that have appeared in Brazilian football and projected a successful future for women's football.

“This is my last year, and I can already confirm it here. There is a moment when we have to understand that the time has come. I am very calm about this because I see with great optimism this development that we are having in relation to young athletes”, she stated.

After winning the last Copa America Femenina in 2022 and a group stage ouster at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, Brazil bounced back by reaching the final of the maiden Concacaf Women's Gold Cup.

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For the Brazilian team, Marta's main achievements include gold medals at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, in 2003, Rio de Janeiro, in 2007, and three editions of the Copa América, in 2003, 2010, and 2018.

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Marta holds the record for being Brazil's top goalscorer with 116 goals. With 17 goals, Marta also holds the record for most goals scored in any World Cup, women’s or men's. Moreover, she was the first footballer of any gender to score at five different World Cups, a feat matched by Christine Sinclair in 2019 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022, and also the first footballer, female or male, to score at five consecutive Olympic Games. 

She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver medal at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also awarded the Golden Ball at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and won both the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer in the 2007 Women's World Cup after leading Brazil to the final of the tournament.

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