Proudly displaying their wedding rings, soccer great Marta Vieira da Silva and teammate Toni Deion Pressley announced they were engaged to be married in a series of moving pictures posted to Instagram. The pair have been dating since 2017 and are teammates to Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger who married in 2019.
“This is another chapter of the story that we are writing together,” Silva, 34, posted to Instagram on Monday. Born in Brazil, she used both English and her native Portuguese in the post.
The 30-year-old Pressley posted the same photos to her Instagram page with the single word “Yes” as the caption. The photos were taken by Jeremy Reper and assistant Joe Petro from Fit2Row Orlando.
The beaming couple received instant support from current and former teammates. Claire Emslie echoed Pressley with a simple “Yes!!” while Shelia Zadorsky added “Love you tons beauties!”
According to People, the pair first started dating after becoming teammates on Orlando Pride of the Florida-based National Women’s Soccer League. Pressley, a native of Melbourne, Florida, has been playing for the Pride since its first season in 2016. She was selected with the 8th pick in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft and is one of only four players remaining from the team’s inaugural season. Silva joined Pressley and the Pride the following season, and the pair have been dating ever since. She has played on four U.S. National Teams, and is the rock of Pride's defense.
Silva is generally regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. She is the first player of any gender to a score goal at five World Cups, and holds the record for most goals at FIFA Women’s Cup Tournaments. Silva is so legendary on the field, she is commonly referred to as simply Marta and has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times. She is also the star of Brazil's national team.
The couple was tested but stayed strong together when Pressley was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. She underwent a double mastectomy and was welcomed back to the team last year following successful treatment.