A beaming Homare Sawa shows of her Golden Boot. 5 goals in 6 matches, none bigger than the 116th minute equalizer against the USA in the finals. And who can forget her setting up Karina Maruyama for that extra time goal that torpedoed defending champions Germany?
Sawa also gave the Nadeshiko the lead for good against Sweden in the semi-finals with her improvisational skills. To top it all she captured the accolade of first ever hat trick this World Cup, all headers against Mexico in the group stage. It will take a herculean feat to top Sawa’s accomplishments in subsequent World Cups.