‘Think about it, value it more’: Marta sends fiery message to Brazil team-mates as they bow out of the World Cup after defeat against France
- Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup after a defeat against hosts France
- Marta was left demanding that Brazil’s next generation push themselves harder
- There was no suggestion Marta will walk away from the game herself
An emotional Marta bid farewell to another unsuccessful World Cup campaign on Sunday with a challenge to Brazil‘s women: work harder and do more if you want to win.
With tears in her eyes after the 2-1 extra-time loss to hosts France, the woman considered by many to be the greatest ever to play the game said the future of Brazilian football was dependent on new generations pushing themselves.
‘It’s about wanting more, it’s about training more, it’s about looking after yourself more, it’s about being ready to play 90 minutes and then 30 minutes more,’ Marta said after Brazil went down to an 107th-minute goal in Le Havre.
Brazil legend Marta bowed out of the World Cup demanding more from her team-mates
Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup following a 2-1 defeat against hosts France
‘So that’s why I am asking the girls. There’s not going to be a Formiga forever, there’s not going to be a Marta forever, there’s not going to be a Cristiane. Women’s football depends on you to survive. Think about it, value it more.’
Looking straight at the camera with a mix of sadness and defiance, she said: ‘Cry now so you can smile at the end.’
Marta was once again one of the stars of the World Cup with her goals against Australia and Italy taking her overall total to 17, the most of any player in the history of the game.
And though the future of the six-times FIFA world player of the year is uncertain, the 33-year-old gave no sign she would quit after France, her fifth World Cup.
‘It was a great experience for all of us, and now it’s time to take advantage of this exposure and make the women’s game even bigger and better,’ she said.
‘The World Cup has ended for Brazil, but we need to keep on going. Next year we have the Olympics. And we are very grateful about all the love that came from our country during this run.’
Marta is widely considered as one of the best female players to have played the game
Marta gave no indication that she may walk away from the game after her World Cup defeat
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