Mia Hamm remains the only woman to have been named FIFA World Player of the Year as she repeated last year’s success at a star-studded gala in Madrid on 17 December 2002. This time the American beat off challenges from Germany’s Birgit Prinz and China’s Sun Wen - the two other shortlisted candidates - to scoop the prestigious prize in its second edition.

Hamm scored virtually the same number of points as 2001 (161). Prinz (96) was a clear second with Sun Wen (58), runner-up second in 2001, back in third position. Twenty-five of the 77 national team coaches who voted selected the American star as their number one, more than double the number of top nominations received by Prinz (11). Sun Wen, who was unable to attend the event because of injury, received three first place votes.