Published:  12:00 AM, 11 January 2017

Carli Lloyd crowned best women's player

Carli Lloyd crowned best women's player
Carli Lloyd was named FIFA's best women's footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the USA star.  Carli Lloyd, with 20.68% of the total votes, beat Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany (16.60%) and five-times winner Marta of Brazil (12.34%). Lloyd credited her teammates and staff for helping her and specially thanked coach Jill Ellis for placing trust in her. "It is such a tremendous honour being player of the years last year and again this year. It feels the same. It is humbling," Lloyd said. "I think 2016 was bittersweet. Obviously we felt short of the 2016 Olympics. I got married, which was a great day of my life and then to won this award is incredible. This award is not derailing me. I want to continue to keep improving. I want to keep getting better," She added. Lloyd is the fourth women's player to win in consecutive years, a habit that seems borne out of many voters not following women's soccer all that closely. Against Thailand in September, Lloyd collected her seventh international hat trick and had four assists. She's the first U.S. player to have three goals and four assists in a single match for the women's national team.

Her goalscoring rate remained at a remarkably high level, but USA failed to finish on the podium at a Women's Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in their history, after quarter-final elimination by Sweden. Lloyd is now determined to bring more glory to USA in 2017.

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