At 34, Cristiane may have enjoyed one final swan song in 2019. The creative forward ended a two-year spell in China to return home to Brazil and the move seemed to have the desired effect when it came to the summer’s World Cup. With Brazil struggling for form heading into the tournament, Cristiane put the critics to one side to score a superb hat-trick in the opening win against Jamaica and put herself out front in the scoring charts early on in the tournament. While the next game would ultimately end in defeat, she also found the net against Australia as she threatened to be the star of the tournament. But it ended in disappointment as she saw a header hit the crossbar in the defeat to France before going off injured in extra-time, hopefully not the last time we see Cristiane grace the biggest stage.
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