Cristiane speaks out after missing the Olympic Games: 'A lot goes on in the head'

Striker was not summoned by Pia Sundhage to defend the women’s team; Cris is the top scorer in the history of the Olympics with 14 goals

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the attacker of the Santos, Cristiane Rozeira, spoke on her social networks after being left out of Pia Sundhage’s list to defend the Brazilian women’s team at the Olympic Games. The 36-year-old player is the greatest goalscorer in the history of Olympics – between men and women – with 14 goals, and has defended Amarelinha since 2003. In a long text posted on his Instagram, Cris says that today was supposed to be a festive and celebratory day and recalled his trajectory back to Brazilian football to try a vacancy in selection. “Today should have been a day of great celebration, celebration. Such an important day for women’s football and a day that the expectation was to be there, among the 18 summoned to represent Brazil in Tokyo. A lot goes on in the head. My focus, of course, has always been to be there. Every professional athlete seeks the Selection. And this would be my last Olympics”, he wrote.

“There are 14 goals, it’s a lot, and more than that, it’s to remember that since my 1st participation in the Selection, in 2003, I’m part of a generation that opened doors for the development of the sport, growth and professionalization of the women’s football in Brazil. Since 2019, I came back from China thinking about keeping myself well physically and mentally, so that I can do what I love the most, which is playing football. I was injured for six months and ended up being called to the world Cup with the coach’s confidence that I would make a difference – albeit with 70 minutes on the field. I scored 4 goals, contributed with all of my self, as I always do and always will. My dedication is complete, my delivery is 100%. And it always will be”, added the player.

Also in the text, Cristiane recalled that she has been feeling no injury for more than eight months and said she was “flying every game” with Santos’ shirt on Brazilian championship. “Do you think it’s soft to give more than 40 sprints in the game?”, he wrote. “I’m at the disposal of the Brazilian team and I’m cheering for the group mates and for Brazil. I’m still happy with my family, and working hard to continue well and helping Santos in the Brazilian Championship. I thank everyone who follows me and cheers for me and those who sent me messages. Thank you so much for your affection!”, he finished. In the 2021 season, Cristiane scored one goal in nine matches at the Brasileirão. She was with the national team at Torneio She Believes, in February, but did not shake the nets.

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