The Best FIFA Women's Player Awards 2016

Carli Lloyd

Not since Marta’s astonishing run of being named the world’s leading women’s player five times in a row ended in 2010 has any woman won the top award in consecutive years – until now. After a stellar 2015, in which the USA No10 led her side to FIFA Women’s World Cup™ glory and claimed the top individual award in the women’s game, 2016 has been a year of personal consistency, if not collective triumph for Carli Lloyd. Her goalscoring rate remained at a remarkably high level, but USA failed to finish on the podium at a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in their history, after quarter-final elimination by Sweden. Lloyd is now determined to bring more glory to USA in 2017.


The Finalists


It is often said that it is best to 'quit while you are ahead' – and is there any better way to bow out than with an Olympic triumph? In August Melanie Behringer crowned her glittering international career by winning gold with Germany, hanging up her boots shortly afterwards with 123 caps to her name. As the tournament’s leading goalscorer with five goals, the Lorrach-born midfielder was vital in enabling her country to climb to the top step of the podium for the first time. Behringer started all six matches and scored the opening goal in three successive games, with her strikes proving particularly decisive in Germany’s quarter-final and semi-final wins against China PR and Canada respectively. The 2007 world champion can also reflect on a successful year at club level, where she once again made a crucial contribution to seal the German championship with Bayern Munich for the second year in a row.

Received wisdom states that reaching the top of the game is not the hard part; staying there is. Marta has done both. She has been among the candidates for the most prestigious award in women's football for 12 of the last 13 editions, and won the honour five times in a row, having progressively worked her way up from the bronze medal. Although it has not been a trophy-laden year for Marta, with Rosengard unable to add another Swedish league title to their collection, and the Brazilian national team losing the bronze medal match to Canada at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, she is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the world. The 30-year-old striker, who had the honour of being one of the Olympic flag bearers at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony, continues to shine thanks to her shimmies, strength and character on the pitch.

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