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Marta, 6-time world soccer player of the year, tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil's six-time world player of the year Marta has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's soccer governing body (CBF) said on Saturday.

Striker has been withdrawn from Brazil's upcoming friendlies against Ecuador

Brazil's soccer federation announced on Saturday that six-time world player of the year Marta has tested positive for COVID-19. The striker has been withdrawn from the national team's upcoming matches on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1. (Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Brazil's six-time world player of the year Marta has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's soccer governing body (CBF) said on Saturday.

Marta, 34, has been withdrawn from the national team that is set to face Ecuador in two friendly matches at home on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1.

The CBF did not give any details about the forward's condition but they have informed her club, Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League, saying they would provide any assistance necessary.

Marta was the first player, male or female, to score in five World Cups with 17 strikes in total - also a record.

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