Don't be fooled by the interpreter. Marta has picked up more than a couple of words of English over the past three seasons as she's played in the United States.

So the best women's soccer player in the world had no need to wait for translation when it came to the question of how tired she is of winning silver, something Marta's now done three times over eight years with the Brazilian national team.

She likes silver, Marta said, smiling while tugging on the silver necklace she was wearing as proof. But of course, she added, when it comes to competition, ''I want gold.''

In Portuguese or English Marta's message couldn't have been clearer in preparing to compete in the Women's World Cup, which opens in Germany on Sunday.