Marta Silva: Soccer legend turns to YouTube to connect with public

Marta Silva, Brazil national team (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Marta Silva, Brazil national team (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

As an all-time great, Marta inspires on the soccer field, but now she turns to YouTube to connect with the public.

Marta Silva has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award a spectacular 6 times, winning it every year from 2006-2010 and then again in 2018. But she certainly didn’t need the awards to prove she is one of the best to have ever played the game.

Watching her play is like watching a magic trick. You see her get from point A to point B leaving multiple defenders in the dust, and yet you’re not entirely sure how it happened. She is the embodiment of the Portuguese phrase “Joga Bonito.” Though it directly translates to “beautiful game,” it is used to describe soccer played in a beautiful way.

Marta is a technical wizard, gliding her way around the field and skillfully sending the ball into the back of the net. She indeed plays beautifully. She also uses her platform as a professional athlete to promote gender equality, and after watching her play you’ll no doubt be full-heartedly backing her cause.

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Marta plays for the Brazilian National Team and the Orlando Pride in the NWSL. She has scores of fans wherever she goes, and a month ago she decided that creating a YouTube channel was the best way to connect with them.

She takes you behind the scenes of her life off the field, something that people rarely get to see. Marta has an incredibly dynamic personality and a great sense of humor making her videos an absolute joy to watch.

Her YouTube videos so far have covered her successful attempt at cooking spaghetti, a shooting challenge against Cristiano Ronaldo, her quarantine training regimen, her love of animals and much more. It’s comforting to see the human side of an extraordinary athlete. From watching her admonish her dog for pooping on the floor to seeing her attempt to create a makeshift home gym in the garage you’re able to connect with her in a way you might otherwise not be able to.

Her YouTube videos are all in Portuguese, so if you need the English translation, make sure you turn the captions on. She talks fast so be ready to follow the translations quickly.

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My takeaway from listening to her YouTube videos? Marta has a lot to say, and I’m very much willing to listen.