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Carli Lloyd wins FIFA Best Women's Player award

Carli Lloyd wins FIFA Best Women's Player award


The U.S. national team star takes home the award for the second consecutive season, while Germany's Silvia Neid was honoured with the Best Coach award

For a second straight year, Carli Lloyd has been named the best women's soccer player in the world. 

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Lloyd won the FIFA Best Women's Player award Monday, one year after winning the prize when it was still known as the Ballon d'Or. 

"I'm very honored to win this award again," Lloyd said in a federation release. "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.

"Thank you to the people who voted for me and the fans for showing me such strong support throughout 2016. I want to also thank my husband Brian for the unconditional support he's provided throughout this special year. I am looking forward to the start of 2017 and long term, towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup."

The U.S. national team and Houston Dash star scored 17 goals and notched 11 assists for the U.S. in 2016, and added five goals for the Dash.

Lloyd, won 20.68 percent of the total vote, beating Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany (16.60%) and Brazilian legend Marta (12.34%).

The is the fifth time an American woman has been named FIFA Women's Player of the Year, following Abby Wambach in 2012, Mia Hamm in 2001 and 2002, and Lloyd in 2015. 

Germany coach Silvia Neid, who led her country to an Olympic gold medal, was named Best Women's Coach. Pia Sundhage of Sweden, and last year’s winner Jill Ellis of the United States were the runners-up.