A Stellar Performance in the Women’s World Cup

Linda Caicedo, a fascinating talent in the world of football, did not disappoint in her debut. The young Colombian footballer took control of the ball from the left, faced the South Korean defenders, cut toward the center, and launched a powerful right-footed shot that the goalkeeper could not stop. This goal, the second in Colombia’s 2-0 victory over South Korea in the Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, marked Caicedo’s spectacular performance. At 18, Caicedo became the second youngest footballer to score in a World Cup, following Brazilian legend Marta.

From Villagorgona to the World Cup via Madrid

In February, Linda Caicedo made a significant move in her career by joining Real Madrid, aiming to challenge Barcelona’s dominance in the Spanish league. “I am humbly grateful to Real Madrid for making this girl’s dream a reality,” wrote the new number 19 of the white team on her Instagram account.

Caicedo’s move to Madrid was justified after a dream year. She scored the decisive goal for Colombia in the victory against Argentina in the semi-finals of the Women’s Copa America and was chosen as the tournament’s best player. Later, she scored two goals to help Colombia qualify for the quarter-finals of the U20 World Cup. By the end of 2022, she was the star of the Colombian team that was runner-up in the U17 World Cup, scoring four goals and receiving the silver ball.

Overcoming Life’s Challenges

Linda Caicedo’s current success was uncertain when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 15. “At that time, I didn’t think I could play professionally again, due to all the treatments and surgeries I had to go through,” Caicedo said in an interview published by FIFA in June of this year.

Her first goal in this Championship

A Bright Future Ahead

Caicedo’s happiness was evident after the victory against South Korea. “Very, very happy, it was a great job done by the team,” she declared to the media in Australia. “I always try to give my best for my team and my country,” she added. “I am very happy to be able to score and continue in this tournament with a firm step.”

The next challenge for Colombia is Germany, followed by Morocco in the group stage. The goal? To qualify for the round of 16 for the second time in their history and dream of more.

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