Five-time World Player of the Year is now a Swede

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Five-time World Player of the Year is now a Swede
Marta (left) receiving a World Player of the Year award alongside Lionel Messi. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

Former football World Player of the Year Marta, who is often regarded as the best female footballer of all time, has taken Swedish citizenship.


The five-time World Player of the Year said on Wednesday she would continue to play for Brazil internationally after taking Swedish nationality.

The Brazil born 31-year-old has spent ten years living in Sweden, is a fluent Swedish speaker and plans to settle in the Scandinavian nation after her playing days end.

"I feel Swedish too and I'm super happy that's done now," Marta told the press while showing off her brand new joint nationality papers.

"I wanted to be able to live in Sweden over the long term and now I can do that," said Marta, who has played over 100 senior games with Brazil and who has appeared at four World Cups and three Olympics.

The forward, known for her flamboyant skill on the ball, currently plays for FC Rosengård in Malmö.


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