Paraguayâ€™s Jessica Martinez was usually 14 when she took partial in her initial universe finals, a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014. In an talk with FIFA.com a few months before a tournament, she said: â€œRepresenting your nation is a ultimate and Iâ€™m forgetful of going a lot serve yet.â€
Speaking scarcely 5 years on from those comments, she could not assistance yet giggle during how distant she has finished adult going.
â€œObviously, we never illusory Iâ€™d be personification in my fourth World Cup during a age of 18,â€ a centre-forward said, in review once some-more with FIFA.com before travelling to France for a FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup.
In between times Martinez represented her nation during a FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Canada 2014 and a FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup Jordan 2016. Remarkably, she was her countryâ€™s heading goalscorer in all 4 of a universe finals subordinate competitions she has taken partial in.
â€œIâ€™m unapproachable of that achievement,â€ she said. â€œI havenâ€™t only hold it together; Iâ€™ve got better, and Iâ€™ve still got a prolonged approach to go.â€
In that initial talk Martinez spoke of how she began personification football with her dual brothers, how she suspicion her mom would not support her â€“ yet she was wrong in that â€“ and how a influence she has faced has done her stronger.
Looking back, she sees herself as a really opposite person: â€œIâ€™ve altered in each way, on a physical, personal and mental level. Iâ€™m a opposite Jessica, one who wants to go to France to contest and to make story with Paraguay.â€