After finishing their opening match at the 2020 Tokyo Games, Brazil's football legends Marta and Formiga created history at the Olympics.

According to EWN, Marta Vieira da Silva was widely regarded as one of the greatest female football players of all time. Marta engraved her name at the Olympic history after she became the first player to score in five straight Olympics after netting against China, claiming a 5-0 win for Brazil. Aside from Marta, her 43-year-old teammate Miraildes Maciel Mota, commonly known as Formiga, also wrote her name in the Olympic record book as she became the first women's player to take part in seven Olympic Games. Formiga played 72 minutes against China in their Olympic opener.


The 35-year-old Brazil's forward, Marta, has scored 111 international goals and has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times. Marta opened the scoring barrage for Brazil at the nine-minute mark. The Brazilian forward then added a second goal in the 74th minute.

The scores of Marta meant that she now has 12 Olympic Games goals under her name. Scoring her first goal in Athens in 2004, Marta currently sits just two goals shy of the all-time record held by her compatriot Cristiane.

Other Brazilian players, Debinha, Andressa Alves and Beatriz also scored for Brazil. The powerhouse got their commanding victory in their Group F match in Rifu, Japan.

Marta has Brazilian and Swedish citizenship and she was playing for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League for her professional career and suiting up for the Brazilian national team.

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Marta was not the only Brazilian player to make history during the opener. Her 43-year-old teammate Formiga also created Olympic history of her own.

The midfielder from Sao Paolo, who had 201 caps for her national team, became the first women's player to take part in seven Olympic Games. Despite her age, Formiga did not show any degeneration in her core. The Brazilian legend played in their Olympic opener for 72 minutes against China.

Formiga entered the international scene under the banner of Brazil and debuted at the 1995 World Cup as a 17-year-old. Since women's football made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Formiga has played in every Olympic Games. She was part of the pioneer teams who displayed the women's prowess during the Atlanta Games.

In her Olympic career so far, Formiga has won silver medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. The Brazilian midfielder Formiga is currently chasing and looking to finally win that gold medal, which has so far been elusive in her long international career.

During the 2016 Games, which were played on her home soil, the match in front of her countrymen ended up in a heartbreak for Formiga and her teammates. The Brazilian womens' team lost to the team of Sweden on penalties during the semifinals and also lost to Canada during the bronze medal match.

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Written by Jess Smith

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