Brazilian legend Pele congratulated the women’s footballer Marta after she celebrated in her fifth consecutive Olympic appearance during the country’s 5-0 victory over China at the opening of the Games in Tokyo. She is the first footballer to achieve the feat (men’s or women’s).
Martha hit the net twice during the game, and Pele called her “inspiration.”
“I hope you dream about what you did a few hours ago. Speaking of which, how many dreams do you think you have inspired today?” wrote Pele on Instagram.
“Your achievement means much more than a personal record. This moment inspires millions of athletes from so many other sports around the world who are fighting for recognition.
“Congratulations on your trajectory. Congratulations, you are much more than a footballer. You are helping to build a better world with your talent in which women are gaining more space.”
Martha holds the record for most goals for Brazil in international football (men’s or women’s), with 111 goals in 160 appearances and is often considered one of the greatest women’s footballers of all time.
The 35-year-old has so far played for eight clubs, scoring 173 club goals in 283 appearances.
With Brazil, Marta’s medal cabinet includes a second-place medal at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and two silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She has won the Copa America Femenina three times. women in South America); in 2003, 2010 and 2018.