• Kyodo


Homare Sawa’s INAC Kobe Leonessa had another memorable moment during their trip to Spain on Monday when they spent time with members of club world champion Barcelona.

INAC, who won a trip to Spain as a reward for capturing the Nadeshiko League, had their pictures taken alongside players such as Lionel Messi and Xavi during a visit to Barcelona’s training facilities.

“This is great,” FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Sawa said after receiving a jersey from Xavi, the player she admires the most. “I can’t believe he gave me this.”

Last Saturday, INAC watched Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.

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