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Marta, Formiga make Olympic history in Brazil’s win over China

Brazil thrashed China in their opening match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and two legends put their names in the history books.

Marta scored two of the goals for Brazil to become the first player to score in five consecutive Olympic Games.

Football great and Brazil legend, Pele, says Marta is more than just a footballer, but an inspiration to many coming after her.

Pele said: “I hope you’re dreaming about what you did a few hours ago. Speaking of which, how many dreams do you think you inspired today?”

He continued: “Your achievement means much more than a personal record. This moment inspires millions of athletes from so many other sports, from all over the world, who fight for recognition. 

The three-time FIFA World Cup winner then added: “Congratulations on your trajectory. Congratulations, you are much more than a football player. You help build a better world with your talent, in which women gain more space.”

The 35-year-old, who is a six-time women’s player of the year winner, has now scored 12 goals at the Olympics, two behind the record goals, and she has 111 goals for Brazil, more than any Brazilian (male or female).

Sao Paulo midfielder Formiga also made history, as the first women’s player to take part in seven Olympic Games after playing 72 minutes in the demolition of China.

The 43-year old made her debut for the national team in 1995, at just 17 years, and played her first Olympics in 1996. She has represented the South Americans since then and will hope to win her first gold medal this year.

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