Brazilian star Marta
has repeated as the FIFA Women's World Player, earning 988 points to beat Birgit Prinz
of Germany with 507 and fellow Brazilian Cristiane
Marta's 2007 award comes on the heels of a standout performance at the 2007 Women's World Cup in China, where she scored two goals against the
USA in Brazil's 4-0 win in the semifinals.
Brazil finished second to Prinz's Germany at the Women's World Cup, where Marta was the MVP and leading scorer with seven goals.
Brazil also won the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Marta scored twice in a 5-0 win over the USA in the final played at the Maracana Stadium.
Marta recently re-signed with
Swedish club Uema, for which she scored 25 goals in 2007.
She has finished on the FIFA Women's World Player podium each of the last four years. She finished third in 2004 and second
in 2005 -- behind Prinz both years.
The FIFA Women's Player of the Year award was introduced in 2001. Mia Hamm
won the award the first two
years. Prinz captured the first of three awards in 2003 when she led Germany to its first Women's World Cup title.