Spain have won the Women's World Cup 2023 after defeating England by 1-0 in the Sydney Olympic Stadium. La Roja claims their first World Cup title while the Lionesses' run ends with heartbreak. Captain Olga Carmona emerged as La Roja's history-making sensation with a brilliant strike that secured the team's first major title. The Spanish players created better chances and capitalize on that. England had some moments but couldn't reach their full potential. The Lionesses were the favourites on paper but La Roja showed their mentality and gameplan and they stick to it to grind out the result.
Individual Awards were also presented before the trophy lifting. Salma Paralluelo, Mary Earps, Aitana Bonmati, and Hinata Miyazawa everyone took some precious accolades home. Here is the full list of award winners from the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
Spain's 19-year-old winger Salma Paralluelo won the Young Player of the Tournament after scoring as a substitute in both the semifinal and quarterfinal. She started over two-time Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas in the final against England. She is surely going to be the next big thing for La Roja.
There are no doubts about Mary Earps' goalkeeping ability on the planet right now. She had a brilliant tournament but missed out on winning the ultimate title. The 30-year-old Manchester United star was phenomenal for the Lionesses, recording three clean sheets in seven matches. Only Australia's Mackenzie Arnold had more. She also saved Hermoso's spot kick in the Final and won the Golden Glove award.
Despite being knocked out in the quarterfinals, Japan's Hinata Miyazawa took home the Golden Boot for scoring five goals, two of which came in Japan's 4-0 win over eventual champions Spain. Four players finished with four goals: Sweden's Amanda Ilestedt, France's Kadidiatou Diani, the Netherlands' Jill Roord, and Germany's Alexandra Popp.
The Golden Ball went to the best player on the best team at the tournament. The Barcelona midfielder was instrumental to Spain's success from the very start of the tournament, scoring three goals and two assists. She didn't score or assist in the World Cup final but her performance was phenomenal. She completed 42 of her 44 passes.