There was a time where women’s football was seen as somewhat immoral, women were not allowed to play the round leather game. Just like how male football has evolved over years now, so too female football has, as both have changed and evolved in shape, followership, and media coverage.
Female football, no doubt doesn’t have the kind of followership, support, and glamour the male football has, even though female football doesn’t have what male football brings to the table anytime it takes center stage yet it has one point produced its icons or legends who at one point has donned their team jersey with pride and also graced the pitch with their talents and went on to achieved success.
In other words, Cheapgoals will have a look at the life of Marta Viera Da Silva who revolutionized female soccer
It is no doubt that Brazil is one of the best and finest football nation on the globe, as such the Brazilian national team has produced great legends in the mode of Pele, Garrincha, Carrera, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka among many other fantastic footballers that the country also possessed, which even makes many other footballing countries envy the great talents in their team likewise same can be said of the Brazilian women’s team.
Among the great talent that the Brazilian soccer did produce is Marta, a great icon and legend of women’s football in Brazil and the world, the Brazilian female Pele is no doubt the great flagbearer for Brazil women’s football, even despite the harsh environment in terms of giving women football the opportunity to develop a large chunk of women football stars like Daniela, Cristiane, and most importantly Marta has shown to the world and Brazil as a nation that the game of soccer doesn’t only belong to the men.
According to reports, Marta spoke about her childhood back in North-Eastern Brazil, in the backwater of Dois Riachos where she usually played football with the boys in a state that was synonymous with poverty and illiteracy in Brazil before she went to Vasco De Gama to kick start her career.
“I played with the boys out on the street without shoes. I was the only girl and every time I played I had to try something so that I could be better,”
Marta said in 2012. She had to hide that she was playing from her brother, who didn’t want her to participate — not because he had anything against her playing, but because he wanted to protect her from bullies.
Marta as a young lady who is very much in love and interested in the round leather game of football while growing up back in her town Dois Riachos, Alagoas Brazil, as a 14 years old girl was discovered by a Brazilian female coach Helena Pacheco after playing for the CSA Youth Team.
In the year 2000, Marta started her professional career at Vasco De Gama, thereafter two years later she left for Santa Cruz a very small club in the state of Minas Gerais where she played for over two seasons before going on a move that defines her career in Sweden with Umea IK at the age of 17 or thereabout. Her move to Umea IK made her achieved a lot with the Swedish giant winning four consecutive Swedish Championships and a European Cup with over 103 appearances and 111 goals from 2004-2008.
After her triumph in winning the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, Marta moved to Los Angeles Sol in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) the USA, on a three-year contract where she won the league, came out as the highest goalscorer with 10 goals and also reached the WPS Championship final with Sol. Sol lost to Sky Blue FC in the final in her first season with the American team before she was loaned back to Brazil with Santos during the off-season on a three-month loan contract, and she went on to help Santos in the Libertadores Feminino final and the Copa do Brazil final.
Following her return from Santos, Los Angeles Sol ceased operations, and as such her right was made available in the 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft to FC Gold Pride, playing for FC Gold she appeared in all of their 24 games and scored 19 goals which won her the league Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot for the second year in a row in the Women’s Professional Soccer. Marta left FC Gold Pride in 2010 as a free agent after the team folded without any headways, which made her returned to Santos.
Marta returned to Santos for the second time didn’t also last long, as she went on to join Western New York Flash which was her third Women’s Professional Soccer team in three years, her stint with the American based team helped them to win the Championship title and also won the Puma Golden Boot award edging out Christine Sinclair. Meanwhile following the cancellation of the WPS Marta moved back to the Swedish league Damallsvensken in 2012, signing a two year contract with Tyreso FF, Marta contributions to the team won Tyreso FF the Damallsvensken league for the first time as she went on to win her fifth title.
In 2014, Marta sealed a move to the defending Champion Rosengard FC of Sweden on a six-month deal, while the with champion she won the Damallsvensken title with them in 2014-15, plus the Svenska Supercupen in 2015 and 2016, after the Champion League quarterfinals lost to Barcelona feminine the Brazilian female Pele joined Orlando Pride as a free agent from the Swedish champions which agreed to terminate her deal, in her first season with the American based side she finished as the second goalscorer, voted as MVP, however, her contributions weren’t enough to help the team to navigate their playoff appearance after finishing third in the league.
Having chronologically pointed out how Marta’s club careers went, and since she stocked took a meteoric rise from 2002 where at the age of 16 when she scored six goals at the first FIFA Women’s Youth Championship, which paved ways for her senior cap in the color of Brazilian women team and won the Pan American Games with the team, as her electrifying blitz of power and trickery plus her a thunderous left foot was just too much for oppositions to deal with.
“Pele in Skirt” as the legendary man himself referred to her, in respect to her natural talent which took her out of the poverty ravaged city of Dois Riachos and took her to the biggest stage in her career as the greatest champion of the women’s game donning the famous number 10 jersey on her back with flamboyant and impressive football that the fans often saw and think of the Selecao men national team in their flamboyant and samba like style of play.
Marta’s influence on football in her native country Brazil and to some extent another part of the world sparked a revolution within the game which made many other Brazilian young girls opted for the sport and also brought about huge wholesale changes in the way teams approached their matches and how women’s football is been perceived having frowned at it in the past before it is now accepted all over the globe now.
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There’s no agreement about who the best women’s soccer is before Marta, however, the entirety of the players who are in the discussion are somewhat direct and uninventive, regardless of their skills and talents. Michelle Akers was a nightmare who defenders ricocheted off of. Sun Wen’s brilliant expertise was, in fact, an exact ball-striker. Mia Hamm utilized her size to wreck defenders. Birgit Prinz was built like a blockhouse. Even the satiny, talented Homare Sawa had a game that was more about vision and accuracy than trickery. Today these players would, for the most part, be viewed as supplements, Play Your Role types, not exact superstars.
The beautiful game early trailblazer showed mankind that women’s football was interesting, superb, exciting, and had something to offer, the Brazilian female Pele opened up a more extensive scope of conceivable brilliance and possibilities. She opened the minds of young aspiring female footballers and coaches, and that is the reason she’s the most notable female footballer to ever grace the game.
“Progress for women’s soccer here doesn’t walk, it crawls,” Marta said in 2014. “Many of these girls have the qualifications the sport demands, but with no incentive, or sponsors or publicity, it’s impossible to move forward. It’s impossible to support yourself playing soccer if you’re a woman playing the game in Brazil.”
Marta Viera Da Silva’s influence on the sport doesn’t just make her a household name on the pitch, but rather an iconic status for women’s soccer off and on the pitch. Bringing the sport to the limelight right from her young age back in Brazil which ignited more female players to show more interest in taking part in the game wherever the game is been played across the world, and even at the time where her career was gradually whining down, she continues to speak for her nation and women’s football.
In her fifth appearances at the World Cup, she has brought smiles to the faces of fans with her flamboyant trickery dribbles, huge investments into the women’s game in Brazil, and everywhere the female Pele found herself with more Brazilian female now playing the game professionally. In fact, there are now 16 teams in the top tier division and 36 in the second tier while the U18 women’s team has 24 teams, even after their exit at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Marta continues to advocate for her country to still keep to the survival of the game which she helped grow with her influence.
Further addressing the next generation of female players, and according to her
“It’s wanting more, it’s training more, it’s taking care of yourself more, fight against prejudice, fight against lack of support, fight against it all, the boys and the people who thought you can’t, the women game depends on you survive “.
With this statement and emotive, you will agree that Marta doesn’t just play the round leather game with her legs she also helps revolutionized women’s football and she remains the greatest female footballer ever to have played in five World Cup and scored a record 17 goals to upstage Miroslav Klose.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…