Homare Sawa, captain of the Japanese women’s football team, is FIFA’s women’s player of the year. Sawa, 33, led her team to win the World Cup last year.
Sawa receives her award from Shakira.
Sawa listens to her nation’s national anthem prior to the group B match between Japan and Mexico at the Women’s World Cup in Germany, on July 1, 2011.
Sawa celebrates scoring the second goal during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final match between Japan and USA on July 17, 2011.