Marta sets an example to all footballers with her impassioned speech after France knockout
Much has been said about women in football.
Fact remains that they are kicking some ass, especially with their attitude. The latest one is from Brazil star Marta who delivered an impassioned speech to the country’s next generation of players after her team were knocked out of the Women’s World cup by hosts France.
Brazil played an excellent game, but France had it better. France forward Valerie Gauvin slotted home Kadidiatou Diani’s inviting cross to break the deadlock just after half-time before Thaisa equalised to take the last-16 clash to extra-time.
When it was nearly clear that the game was heading towards a penalty shootout, Amandine Henry got on the end of Amel Majri’s free-kick in the 106th minute and France held onto their 2-1 lead to reach the quarter-finals. Brazil players were shattered.
This pushed Marta, the all-time leading goal scorer at World Cups to deliver an impassioned speech following the match. She gave an impromptu cry to Brazil’s youngsters and encouraged them to commit to the sports they love.
Her message was clear: “It’s about wanting more,” the 33-year-old attacker told Fox Sports. “It’s training more. It’s taking care of yourself more. It’s about being ready to play 90 plus 30 minutes. This is what I ask of the girls.”
This is a strong message not only for female athletes, but to whatever the gender. It shows the dedication and effort she put to get where she is today and she is setting an example to all.
She added: “There’s not going to be a Formiga forever. There’s not going to be a Marta forever. There’s not going to be Cristiane. The women’s game depends on you to survive. So think about that. Value it more. Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end.”
From the other end, France coach Corinne Diacre said that there was major room for improvement in her team’s performance against Brazil.
“We did what we needed to do tonight but it wasn’t easy. Brazil were very tough and gave us a real run for our money, even in extra-time. Fortunately we were able to pull it out of the bag.
“We weren’t at our best – I felt I didn’t recognise my team out there. I told the players to start having fun out there, enjoy the game, and to be a bit more patient when they were on the ball.
“And that’s what we saw in the second half. We’re going to be watching the Spain-USA game very closely now and looking forward to the quarter-finals.’
Marta’s message is a strong one and it should follow suit to the ‘boys’ out there. Women put more effort because they have a huge challenge – it’s called stigma. Her speech shows the sacrifices one has to make to opt for football as a career, irrespective of gender.
This shows that attitude has a huge contribute too.
Good speech Marta!