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Brazil's Women's World Cup campaign came to an end on Sunday night when they were knocked out by France and Brazil's Marta gave an impassioned speech to her country.
Six time Women's World Player of the Year Marta used Brazil's elimination from the Women's World Cup as the perfect time to tell the country what was needed for their future to be successful.
Following their extra time loss to hosts France the 33 year old forward called on the youth of Brazil to care more and to work harder and to replace the likes of her, 34 year old Cristiane Rozeira and 41 year old Formiga:
I just sent this video out to every player & parent on my girls U9 & U10 team & told them to watch it & let those final words from Marta sink in. "Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end." Words to live by no matter what you pursue in life. #BRA #development #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/yV09ldkOE0- Dennis Stephan (@DennisStephan22) June 24, 2019
Simply Astonishing: After what is likely her last World Cup game, Brazil legend Marta looks down camera lens and addresses next generation of Brazilian girls, passionately offering lessons for Life :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/z7Mx1mV1Vf- roger bennett (@rogbennett) June 24, 2019
What a passionate plea, the women's game really does need more Marta's https://t.co/yTM2aj0x9V- Wendy aka Zippy (@zippy807) June 24, 2019
12 of Brazil's 23 woman squad are aged 27 or over, with five of those being 31 or over, and the three eldest players, Marta, Cristiane and Formiga all started against France.
The hosts took the lead through Valerie Gauvin early in the second half before Thaisa equalised just after the hour mark.
The two sides couldn't be separated over the first 90 minutes so the game went to extra time. It took till the second half of the additional half hour for Amandine Henry to settle the game.
Between them the 67 year old strike force of Marta and Cristane had scored all of Brazil's goals in the group stage of the tournament.
The latter bagged a hat-trick in the opening game Jamaica, the pair grabbed one each against Australia, in the 3-2 loss, and Marta struck a record breaking 17th World Cup goal in the final group game against Italy.
Whether she plays in the next tournament in four years remains to be seen but hopefully her plea to the next generations doesn't fall on deaf ears and the women's team could no doubt be helped by more funds from the Brazilian FA too.