Brazil lost a heartbreaker to France in the Round of 16 in arguably the best game of the 2019 World Cup thus far and with that loss came the potential end of Marta’s international career.
The 33-year old superstar striker has appeared in 5 World Cups making her debut in 2003 as a teenager and I will never forget her goal against the United States in the 2007 World Cup that made the world stop and pay attention to her greatness.
The American women on a 51-game winning streak before facing off with Brazil in the Semi-Finals. Marta would send two balls to the back of the net but that goal where she flicked the ball behind herself and straight up embarrassing her defender was some high-level sorcery that we hadn’t ever really seen in the women’s game before, especially from a foreign nation like Brazil where women’s soccer was literally illegal until 1979.
Fast forward to 2019 and Marta made history scoring her 17th career World Cup goal which is the most goals in World Cup history, man or woman.
Everything about that moment was perfect. The drama of the penalty kick. The kissing of her cleat. She is truly the greatest of all time.
But what was also noteworthy about her historic moment was her purple lipstick which was the first thing I recognized when I turned the game on earlier this week.
Here’s what she had to say after the game when asked about the choice to wear makeup:
I fucking love that Marta wears lipstick when she plays.
Every single day these women walk the tightrope of needing to prove their athleticism and skill to male audiences while sacrificing their femininity as to not feed into some false preconceived notion that a women’s only value is her physical appearance.
After being eliminated in the Round of 16, Marta gave a passionate speech for the future of Brazilian soccer and women’s soccer as a whole:
Marta is the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.