U.S.'s Carli Lloyd wins top FIFA award for second straight year
United States women's national team midfielder Carli Lloyd won world football's top honor for the second straight year by receiving the Best FIFA Women's Player award on Monday.
Lloyd beat Olympic gold medalist Melanie Behringer of Germany and five-time winner Marta of Brazil to win the re-branded award, after previously winning the FIFA's Womens' World Player of the Year for 2015.
Lloyd credited her teammates and coaching staff for helping her and thanked coach Jill Ellis for placing trust in her.
"I honestly wasn't expecting this," she said. "I wouldn't be standing up here without the help of team-mates, coaching staff and support staff. I want to thank Jill Ellis for believing in me and really helping to evolve my game.
"I am someone who wants to continue to get better, as if I'm better my team is is better."
Lloyd received 20.68 percent of the total votes while Marta got 16.6 percent and Behringer 12.34 percent.
Germany did win the women's coaching award as Silvia Neid earned another FIFA prize.
Neid beat two previous winners in Pia Sundhage of Sweden, the Olympic silver medalist, and last year's winner, Ellis of the United States.
It's the third time she has been honored by FIFA after winning the World Women's Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013.
"This is the cherry on the icing on the cake," Neid said. "This is adding the last perfect touch. It was a great evening. This success depends on the team behind the team."