Lieke Martens beats United States' Carli Lloyd for top FIFA award
Netherlands winger Lieke Martens was named The Best FIFA Women's Player on Monday, beating last year's winner Carli Lloyd of the United States.
Martens led the Dutch national team to the Women's Euro 2017 title this summer and was named player of the tournament.
The 24-year-old scored three goals with two assists on home soil during the tournament, just weeks after signing for Barcelona.
Lloyd won the first honor last year following FIFA's split with the Ballon d'Or, which she has also won for two straight years.
Florida State forward Deyna Castellanos, who starred for Venezuela at the Under-17 World Cup, was also named a finalist, a decision that garnered a sharp rebuke from Lloyd's U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe earlier in the day.
"The award just doesn't hold a lot of weight when you've got someone on the list I've never heard of," Rapinoe told the BBC. "It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that FIFA doesn't really care."
FIFA's award, which covers the period from Nov. 20, 2016, to Aug. 6, 2017, is voted on by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans.
Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman was also honored as The Best FIFA Women's Coach over finalists Nils Nielsen of Denmark and France's Gerard Precheur.