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Marta signs a two-year contract extension with Orlando Pride

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By Lizzy Becherano

brazilian and NWS extension legend Marta agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Orlando Pride, keeping her at the Florida club through the 2024 season.

The deal was completed using Allocation Money.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Marta back with Pride. As we sought to build our roster, there was never any question that we wanted him to continue as part of our blueprint, not only because of his on-court abilities, but his mindset, values, and leadership embody the culture. we want in our locker room,” said coach Seb Hines.

The 2022 NWSL campaign saw Marta sidelined with a torn ACL, suffering the devastating injury in only game two of the Challenge Cup against North Carolina Courage. But she has since recovered and looks forward to her seventh season with Pride.

“We know last season’s injury was difficult but he has worked very hard on his recovery and we know he will have a point to prove when he returns in 2023. We can’t wait for him to add to his storied career here, at Orlando, as a member of Pride,” Hines added.

Marta first joined the squad in 2017 from Swedish FC Rosengard, ushering in a new era for Pride. In his first season, the forward inspired the Pride to a third-place finish and their first playoff appearance, before losing to the Portland Thorns in the semifinals.

Overall, he has managed 27 goals and 14 assists in 84 appearances so far.

“I have been very happy during my time here in Orlando and I am thrilled to continue being a part of Pride for the next two years,” said Marta.

“The Club and the community have become my family here in the United States, so it makes me smile to know that I will continue to be a part of it. I am very excited about the future we are building for Pride and can’t wait to get back on the pitch next year, play alongside my team mates and fight for a championship for our fans.”

Internationally, Marta is the only female player to be named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, and the only player – male or female – to win five in a row. She also holds the record for most career FIFA World Cup goals with 17 for Brazil, and is the first player in the history of the sport to score in five different World Cup tournaments.

Furthermore, in 2021, she also became the first player to score in five consecutive Olympic Games in 2021. Overall, Marta amassed 119 goals for the Seleção in 179 appearances to become the association’s all-time top scorer.

She has won the silver medal twice at the Olympic Games and was nominated for the first ever FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI at the annual The Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan, Italy in 2019.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Marta signs a two-year contract extension with Orlando Pride .