14: Marta

The Brazilian superstar may have been voted Fifa’s Player of the Year but she drops out of this year’s top 10. Marta managed just four league goals during the NWSL season as Orlando Pride failed to reach the play-offs. Two goals in the first two games had suggested a promising season and there were undoubted signs of her quality in her footwork and technique. She played a regular role in Brazil’s Copa América Femenina triumph, also scoring against World Cup runners-up Japan in the Tournament of Nations, but she will be hoping for a better 2019.

Tom Sermanni, former Orlando Pride manager:

“Marta is capable of doing amazing things and seeing ‘the picture’ before any other players on the field. However, one of her other great qualities is that she rarely makes a bad decision on the football field and rarely errs with her execution. She knows when to do the simple and when to do the complex better than any other female player in the world.”

Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride team mate:

“Marta is someone you always want on the ball. It is incredible to see her come out with the ball regardless of the amount of defenders that try to stop her.”

 

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