Brazil’s football federation announced on Wednesday it will pay men and women the same amount for representing the national team, one of the few countries to make such a pledge.

“The CBF has equalled the prize money and allowances between men’s and women’s football, which means the women players will earn the same as the men,” said the federation’s president Rogerio Caboclo.

It means Brazil’s female players such as Marta, Formiga and Leticia Santos will receive the same fees and allowances as global superstars such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.

Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the nations to decide to pay their men and women the same amount.

In March 2019, the US women’s team, the current world champions, sued their federation, alleging discrimination over pay and conditions.

A judge dismissed their case in May this year but the team appealed.

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