The footballer with the most appearances for the national team in Brazilian history, Formiga, will play his last game for the national team this month. The 4-year-old footballer will end his career which has been marked by seven World Cup matches and the Olympic Games.
The midfielder will wear the Selecao jersey for the last time in a friendly against India on November 25 in Manaus, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced.
“With 233 caps for the national team, the 43-year-old midfielder will return for a farewell match for the team he loves so much,” CBF said in a statement.
“Formiga is one of the best players Brazil has ever had,” said Brazil’s national women’s team coordinator Duda Luizelli.
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Formiga, who left Paris Saint-Germain last June and joined Sao Paulo until December 2022, is the only player to appear in women’s Olympic football seven times.
The footballer wearing the number 8 jersey won two Olympic silver medals in 2004 and 2008 and again started at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics when Brazil lost to Canada in the quarter-finals.
In the quarter-final withdrawal, Formiga was replaced by a player who was 23 years younger than him.
The player who bears the nickname “The Ant” was born in Miraildes Maciel Mota in the city of Salvador in 1978.
At that time, it was illegal for women to play football as it was considered a violation of nature under the 1941 law, which was eventually repealed in 1979.
He made his national team debut in 1995 at the age of 17.
The midfielder is also the only footballer, male and female, to have played seven World Cups (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019).
Formiga also holds the records for the oldest player to have participated in a World Cup (41 years in 2019) and the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup (37 years in 2015). (AFP / OL-1)