TWO Brazilian women legends will be appearing at this year’s Soccer Aid.
Rosana Augusto will be turning out for the World XI as they look to win the trophy off Sam Allardyce’s England, who won a dramatic shootout last year.
Who is Rosana Augusto?
CAPABLE of playing anywhere on the left-flank, Rosana Augusto began her career at Sao Paolo back in 1997.
She played for seven years in Brazil before her promising performances heralded a move to Europe, first with Austrian side SV Neulengbach and eventually Lyon in 2011.
After winning the Champions League a season later, spells in Norway, the US and France again followed for the Brazilian star.
Over the course of her two-decade career, Rosana established herself as a leading star for her national team.
She made her Brazil debut in 200o and scored 17 times in the famous gold and green colours, appearing and scoring in the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
Born in July 1982, she is currently 36 years old.
When did she retire?
AFTER returning for another spell with Santos in 2018, Rosana decided to hang up her boots.
She had struggled for game-time at North Carolina Courage and after ending up in her home country, decided to call it a day on a glittering career.
Rosana will be part of Soccer Aid 2019, which will have female players taking part for the first time.
She will play in the World XI side managed by Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan.
Why did the Soccer Aid 2019 star quit playing for Brazil?
DESPITE retiring from all football in 2018, Rosana actually hung up her international boots slightly earlier.
In October 2017, along with five other players, she quit international football in protest at pay and conditions for women’s footballers.
The players wrote an open letter explaining their decision: “We, the players, have invested years of our own lives and all of our energy to build this team and this sport to its strength today.
“Yet we, and almost all other Brazilian women, are excluded from the leadership and decision-making for our own team and our own sport.”