By night, she’s the all-seeing RiFT, and her X-ray vision ensures nothing gets past her. As a member of the Legends Squad, RiFT sees every opportunity to grow the women’s game further.
By day, she is one of Japan’s greatest footballers, having received plaudits across the globe for her starring role at the heart of the Nadeshiko’s recent success. Her talent and vision on the ball saw her act as a central figure when guiding them to a first FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title at Germany 2011, and then the final four years later.
Awarded the adidas Bronze Ball at the latter tournament, she was also named as AFC’s Women’s Player of the Year on three occasions, while winning the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and Asian Games gold, with a silver at the London 2012 Olympics.