2023 FIFA WWC: Meet Linda Caicedo, Colombian who beat cancer to become a golden boot favorite.

Linda Caicedo has been one of the standout players since the commencement of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World in Australia and New Zealand. The Colombian had battled cancer at the age of 15 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Fortunately, she was able to recover after a tumor was removed and she had six months of chemotherapy.

Caicedo netted a goal on her debut during their first-game victory over South Korea, starting their campaign in the tournament with a positive 2-0 victory. Today against Germany she opened the score sheet scoring at the 54th, unfortunately, her goal was neutralized when the Germans got a late equalizer. Luckily for the Colombians, they took the lead at the extra minute to lead their group. 

She is one the favorites for the golden boot at this year’s World Cup following her two goals scored already.

Before today’s game, the Madrid striker had collapsed during the training session as they prepared to take on Germany, fortunately, she regained consciousness and was declared fit for today’s game.

Discussing her ordeal before the tournament started, Caicedo said: “At the time, I didn’t think I could play professionally again because of all the treatments and surgeries I had to go through.

“Mentally, it was a very difficult moment in my life. I’m forever grateful that it happened when I was very young.

“I was able to recover, I also had my family’s support, and I feel very good now.

“What happened made me grow. I feel thankful and happy to be here.”

In January, Caicedo also said: “It was something we dealt with internally.

“Thankfully I overcame it and I’m well now.

“It was not easy, but with the help of my loved ones, I was ready to go back to playing once doctors told me I was OK.

“I feel like this is in the past, and now I can follow my path in football.”

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