|Full name||Marta Vieira da Silva|
|Date of birth||19 February 1986|
|Place of birth|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 July 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2019
Marta Vieira da Silva (born 19 February 1986), commonly known as Marta (
Marta is often regarded as the best female player of all time and was given the nickname "Pelé in skirts" by
In January 2013 she was named as one of the six Ambassadors of the
In August 2016, Marta was one of the 8 to carry the Olympic Flag in the
Marta was discovered by well-known Brazilian female coach Helena Pacheco when she was only 14 years old. After playing for the CSA youth team, Marta started her professional career at Vasco da Gama in 2000. After two years, she was transferred to Santa Cruz, a small club in the state of Minas Gerais, where she would play for two more seasons, before defending Umeå IK of Sweden.
Her second season (2005) ended with Marta scoring 21 goals and with Umeå winning the league, having gone undefeated. Once again, Umeå were beaten by Djurgården in the cup losing by a score of 3–1 in the final; thus avenging a 7–0 league defeat to Umeå some three weeks earlier.
In 2006, Umeå once again won the league without losing, and Marta, as in the previous year, was the league's top scorer with 21 goals. Umeå cruised to an 11–1 aggregate win over
The 2007 season was a relatively successful for Umeå with the club winning both the league, in which they finished nine points ahead of Djurgården, and the Swedish Cup, beating
The 2008 season saw Umeå and Marta win another Swedish championship title. After the end of the season, speculation arose concerning the future of Marta and a couple of months later, on the day of the
Marta's life and football prowess was depicted in the 2005 Swedish Television documentary "Marta – Pelés kusin" ("Marta – Pelé's cousin").
On the day she was named
Marta was the league's top scorer for the
During the off-season with Los Angeles Sol, she signed a three-month loan contract with
In January 2010, the Sol ceased operations and the rights to Marta and her teammates were made available in the
Marta also appeared in the
On 16 December 2010, Santos presented again Marta . It was a two-month contract that could become a link of a year, but it did not. The board of directors has confirmed it is finalizing negotiations for the club to dispute the women's football league in the United States in 2011. However, pursuant to the competition regulation, the club would have only five Brazilian players – Marta and four.
On 25 January 2011, Marta joined her third WPS team in three years, the expansion team
Western New York Flash forward Marta helped her team to the Regular Season Championship title, scoring her tenth goal of the season in a 2–0 victory over the Atlanta Beat on Sunday, en route to earning her third consecutive
As WPS cancelled the 2012 season, Marta decided to return to
Marta scored twice in Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by
As news of Tyresö's financial difficulties spread, Marta had been linked with a
In July 2014 she signed a six-month contract with defending champion
After Rosengård lost to