Marta Vieira da Silva: Pele in skirts

Pele termed Marta Vieira da Silva, "Pele with skirts" and it's hard to argue with the Brazillan legend.

updated: September 30, 2007 13:57 IST
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New Delhi:

Pele called her "Pele with skirts" and it's hard to argue with the Brazillan legend.

Marta Vieira da Silva guided Brazil to their 1st World Cup final in China on Thursday. The 21-year-old is the tournament's top scorer with 7 goals and is also Brazil's all-time top scorer at the World Cup with 9 goals.

Pele had also conceded that Marta had better legs than him and while that may have been a joke, those very legs have guided Brazil to a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a Gold at this year's PAN American Games.

However for Marta, her two greatest achievements are, winning the Women Footballer of the year award in 2006 and becoming the 1st woman player to imprint her footmarks at the Estadio Maracana, the temple of Brazilian football, where she joined legends such as Zico, Garrincha, Ronaldo and Pele himself.

Meanwhile, what could turn out to be her biggest achievement would be if Brazil go on to win their 1st ever women's world cup title. But for that they have to get past defending champions Germany in the final on Sunday in Shanghai.