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World Player of the Week: Marta Vieira da Silva - Brazil

Welcome to's regular feature: World Player of the Week. Each week our worldwide team of editors will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by International, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday. It won't necessarily be the best player in the world - at least not usually - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention... World Player of the Week #111: Marta Vieira da Silva
Club: Western New York Flash    
Country: Brazil
Age: 25
Role: Forward
Achievement: Scored twice in Brazil’s victory over Norway

Brazil carved out a place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, and at the heart of their march was Marta Vieira da Silva. Widely acknowledged as the best female footballer on the planet, Marta turned on the style in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Norway and showed just why she won the Fifa World Player of the Year award in 2010.

The 25-year-old forward netted twice and crafted the other. Marta’s first strike came on 22 minutes when she latched on to a long ball from Erika and scored from close range. Marta was the creator of the second Brazil goal just seconds after the half-time interval when she burst down the flank and found Rosana, who slotted the ball home with ease. The Western New York Flash striker wrapped up the match on 48 minutes.

There were whistles for Marta and Brazil but the forward remained unconcerned and told Germany’s Claas Philipp after the match: "I don't care. We are in Europe. No wonder people are against us."

Marta’s heroics saw Brazil stay in contention of winning the competition and also see her become the first female footballer to win’s World Player of the Week award.   

Congratulations to Marta Vieira da Silva,'s 111th World Player of the Week!

Honourable Mentions

Tomas Rincon - Venezuela

The midfielder put in an extremely good performance against Brazil in central midfield in the Copa America on Sunday. The 23-year-old stopped Ganso from expressing himself, got the better of Ramires and protected his team’s back line against the South American giants’ attackers.

Sergio Aguero - Argentina

The Atletico Madrid striker scored the equaliser in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Bolivia in their opening game of the Copa America. His exquisite strike on 76 minutes is an early contender for the goal of the competition.

Homare Sawa - Japan

The Japan national team captain scored a sensational hat-trick against Mexico in their Women’s World Cup game to take her team to the quarter-finals. Her inspirational performance saw Japan win the match 4-0.

Joel Lindpere - New York Red Bulls

With Thierry Henry injured, the Estonian picked up the scoring burden. He was credited with two goals against the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-2 draw.

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