Formiga bids ‘marvelous’ goodbye to Brazil

Brazilian soccer legend Formiga stated an emotional goodbye to the nationwide workforce Friday after racking up a sequence of data in a 26-year profession that included seven World Cups an seven Olympics.

The 43-year-old midfielder performed her remaining match for the Selecao Thursday, going out with a 6-1 drubbing of India in a pleasant in Manaus.

“It was marvelous. It could not have been higher,” she stated in feedback printed Friday by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

“The scoreboard was marvelous. It was simply the best way I’d imagined. Thank you everybody.”

The iconic quantity 8 got here on within the 78th minute and had a pair possibilities to add to the lopsided rating, however didn’t handle to convert.

That didn’t seem to dampen her spirits after the match, her 234th for the nationwide workforce — a determine unrivalled in Brazilian soccer, males’s and ladies’s alike.

Formiga, who left Paris Saint-Germain in June to signal with Sao Paulo FC till December 2022, is the one participant to have performed in all seven editions of the ladies’s Olympic soccer match.

She gained two silver medals alongside the best way, in 2004 and 2008.

She can also be the one participant, man or lady, to play in seven World Cups.

She holds the data for oldest World Cup participant (41 years, in 2019) and oldest goal-scorer within the match (37 years, in 2015).

Tributes poured in from a number of the greatest names in Brazilian soccer, together with Pele, Marta and Neymar.

“Congratulations with all my coronary heart,” Pele stated in a video message.

“Long reside Brazil, and lengthy reside Formiga!”

Marta stated it was “tough to think about the Selecao with out Formiga, with out the drive she at all times introduced to practices and matches.”

Formiga, whose nickname means “ant,” was born Miraildes Maciel Mota within the northeastern metropolis of Salvador in 1978.

At the time, it was unlawful for girls in Brazil to play soccer, a sport deemed “incompatible with their nature” below a 1941 legislation that was repealed in 1979.

She made her debut with the nationwide workforce in 1995, at age 17.

For the primary time in her storied profession, her mom, Celeste, was current within the stadium to watch her Thursday.

She recalled how her daughter used to face “quite a lot of prejudice” as a woman for taking part in soccer.

It did not cease her.

“She simply wished to play ball on a regular basis,” she stated.

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