For the second consecutive year, Carli Lloyd has been honored as the best in the world.
The co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team has been named the 2016 Best FIFA Player. She is now one of just four players to win back-to-back Women’s Player of the Year awards.
U.S. legend Mia Hamm won the award in 2001 and 2002, the first two years the awarded was handed out, while Birgit Prinz of Germany won in 2003, 2004 and 2005. That preceded a string of five consecutive awards won by Marta of Brazil from 2006-10
“I’m very honored to win this award again,” Lloyd said. “I play on the best team in the world and this award would not be possible without my extraordinary teammates, who are fantastic competitors. We push each other to be better every day. I want to thank Jill Ellis and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and helping me constantly evolve my game.”
Lloyd received her award at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, as the world’s governing body for soccer held its annual event. Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, and Italian Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the English Premier League title, won the Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award.
Lloyd’s award marks the fifth time an American woman has been named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, following Abby Wambach in 2012, Hamm in 2001 and 2002, and Lloyd in 2015 and 2016.
Lloyd finished first in voting by coaches and captains of women’s national teams from around the world with 20.68% of the total votes, followed by Marta of Brazil with 16.60% and Melanie Behringer of Germany with 12.34%.
A 12-year veteran of the U.S. National Team, Lloyd, 34, currently has 232 caps, the seventh most in U.S. history, and tied for the U.S. lead (with Alex Morgan) for goals scored in 2016, finding the net 17 times, including twice during the 2016 Olympics. She also led the team in assists with 11, her career high for a calendar year and had four goals and two assists during the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.
She currently has 96 career goals, just four from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 or more international goals.