"This has been a dream of mine ever since I started with the national team," Lloyd said after being presented the award at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony, per Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com.
She became just the third American woman to win the award, following in the footsteps of Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.
In 2015 she also became the first woman to notch a hat trick in a World Cup final, per NBC Sports Soccer. Lloyd was instrumental in leading the USWNT to a World Cup title this summer, scoring six goals and notching an assist overall.
She won the award by a decisive margin, per Rob Harris of the Associated Press:
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FIFA Women's Player of the Year voting: Carli Lloyd 35.28%. Celia Sasic 12.60%. Aya Miyama 9.88%.2016-1-11 18:49:48
At 33, Lloyd is determined to lead the United States to another gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and to play in one more World Cup as well, as she told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. This award seems highly unlikely to affect her motivation to continue to be the best.
"I constantly am thinking that I'm an underdog," Lloyd told Baxter. "I'm constantly thinking that I haven't achieved anything. That's how I've been going about my career. Nothing's ever good enough. It doesn't matter what I did in the World Cup. I have to be better."