Lloyd wins FIFA women’s world player year award

Carli Lloyd and Lionel Messi pose with their trophies. (Walter Bieri/AP)

ZURICH — United States World Cup-winning captain Carli Lloyd has won the FIFA women’s world player of the year award for 2015.

Lloyd dominated a worldwide vote and collected the award at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Zurich.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Lloyd says: "I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates."

She stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.

Lloyd, of New Jersey, got more than 35 per cent of votes made by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, on a 10-player ballot.

Celia Sasic of Germany got 12.6 per cent of the votes and third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got almost 10 per cent.

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