Soccer Houdini

Marta, according to today’s New York Times, is the world’s best soccer player, male or female.  I loved the background of this story, of a young girl in a small Brazilian town, who all on her own became the best in the world.  She was born to play soccer and life smiled kindly on her.

But, had she not had the right cousin, who knew the right people, she most likely would have led a nondescript life just like millions of other Brazilians, and this great talent would have gone unnoticed. 

And what a shame that would have been.

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