At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
|Full name||Miraildes Maciel Mota|
|Date of birth||3 March 1978|
|Place of birth||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|Height||162 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|2004–2005||Malmö FF Dam|
|2006||New Jersey Wildcats||12||(13)|
|2007||Jersey Sky Blue||6||(1)|
|2009||FC Gold Pride||16||(0)|
|2010||Chicago Red Stars||23||(0)|
|2011– 2017||São José|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2019
Miraildes Maciel Mota (born 3 March 1978), commonly known as Formiga (Portuguese : ant), is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain. She previously played for professional clubs in Sweden and the United States. Formiga holds many international records as a member of the Brazil women's national football team, being the only player present in all Olympic Games tournaments of women's football since the first edition at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and a record for appearing at seven different FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments.
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Born in Salvador, Formiga was born during a period when it had become illegal for women to play football in Brazil.
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