VIDEO SHOWS: BRAZILIAN SOCCER PLAYER MARTA TALKING ABOUT HER STRUGGLE TO PLAY THE GAME SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA (MARCH 19, 2019) (IOC - ACCESS ALL) 1.
PAN ALONG WINNERS AT IOC (INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE) WOMEN AND SPORT AWARDS CEREMONY 2.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARTA VIEIRA DA SILVA, BRAZILIAN SOCCER PLAYER, SAYING: "It's wonderful to be here for the winners of the Women and Sport Awards.
"Perhaps the exhausting working days in and outside the home have left little time for me to be troubled by people gossiping about the absurdity of a girl playing football with little boys.
"The prejudice and lack of opportunities have been a hindrance on this journey, it really hurt when the boys wouldn't let me play with them.
It really hurt when adult coaches of opposing teams removed me from tournaments just because I was a girl.
"It really hurt to leave my family at 14 to take a three day bus journey with only pennies in my pocket to go and live all alone in Rio de Janeiro to play professional football." 3.
WINNERS ON STAGE STORY: Brazilian soccer superstar Marta Vieira da Silva spoke about her early struggles to play the game when she spoke at the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Women And Sport Awards Ceremony in New York City on Tuesday (March 19).
Known in Brazil as "Pele in a skirt" in a reference to the soccer icon, Marta is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA Women's World Cup, and was a member of the Brazilian teams that won silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Speaking at the event which celebrated six role models and change-makers in advancing women and girls in and through sport, Marta spoke emotionally about her fight to play the male dominated game when she was growing up.
Now 33, she plays for The Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League in the United States.
In December Marta joined the likes of Pele and Zico to become first female soccer player inducted into Maracana's Hall of Fame.
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