The magnificence of Carli Lloyd’s performance at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada was simply too much for her competitors Celia Sasic and Aya Miyama to overcome and so Lloyd was named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year this evening in Zurich.
Lionel Messi took home the night’s big prize, the Ballon d’Or, winning the honor for the fifth time defeating rival Cristiano Ronaldo to win the honor for the fifth time. Ronaldo remains stuck on three, for now. Messi’s teammate Neymar was the third nominee.
Lloyd’s national team coach Jill Ellis completed her journey from interim coach to World Cup winner, to FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year, and it was Ellis’ decision to turn Lloyd loose that sparked the U.S. on its run to the title.
Once Ellis pushed the midfielder further up the field there was no stopping Lloyd or the U.S., culminating with a stunning hat trick for Lloyd as the Americans crushed Japan 5-2, to win the World Cup for the first time since 1999.
Lloyd joins Mia Hamm, 2001 and 2002 and Abby Wambach, 2012, as American winners of the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Here is the complete list of winners from tonight’s star-studded spectacle in Zurich:
FIFA Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year: Carli Lloyd
FIFA World Coach of the Year (Men’s): Luis Enrique
FIFA World Coach of the Year (Women’s): Jill Ellis
FIFA Puskás Award: Wendell Lira