On Saturday, the Campeonato Brasileiro club Palmeiras confirmed that their striker Bia Zaneratto will not remain at the club. The 26-year-old has been in Palmerias on loan from Chinese Women’s Super League club Wuhan Xinjiyuan since February this year. The deal was valid until June, but was extend for another 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now it’s clear that there will not be a Zaneratto in the Campeonato Brasileiro when it resumes its 2020 season again, on August 26.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that the club gave me, the support of the girls and the coaching staff and the incredible affection of the fans. The period was short, but very important for my career.” the striker said on the club’s official website.
Before the season interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zaneratto managed to play for Palmeiras in the victories against Cruzeiro and São Paulo, scoring two goals and making two assists.
Zaneratto is one of the big names in Brazil women’s football besides the stars like Marta, Cristiane and Formiga and despite her relative young age of 26, she has been on the big stages for a long period of time. Already at the age of 14 years old, Zaneratto took part in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
On a senior level she has made 82 appearances, scoring 28 goals since she as a 17-year-old made her senior national team debut in May 2011, in a 3–0 friendly win over Chile. She has since, appeared in three World Cup (2011, 2015 and 2019) and one Olympics, on home soil in Rio de Janeiro 2016. It was then reported that her performances “lit up” the Games and made her a target for clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), United States, however she already then had a relatively high salary in South Korea where she played for Hyundai Steel Red Angels between 2013-2019.