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Carli Lloyd: I want to keep getting better

Carli Lloyd: I want to keep getting better

Posted by PanamericanWorld on January 11, 2017

What makes Carli Lloyd The Best, is her desire to continue improving. Crowned yesterday as The Best FIFA Women's Player - an award voted for by players, coaches, media and fans from across the globe - the USA international has retained her title as the world's top female footballer. 

On stage, Lloyd was incredibly humble in receiving the award, saying that she "honestly wasn't expecting" to win, despite a superlative year in terms of goals and assists for her national team. The co-captain of the USWNT said she would not have won the award without the help of her team-mates, adding that she is "someone who wants to continue to get better, because if I'm better, the team is better off." 

Having capped another special year with this latest award, Lloyd spoke to FIFA.com about her outstanding personal achievements with the national team, marrying her childhood sweetheart and the next phase of her career. 

How do you feel after being named The Best FIFA Women's Player 2016?

Carli Lloyd: It's such a tremendous honour to have been named player of the year last year and again this year. It feels the same. It is humbling. You work incredibly hard each and every day. But this award is not derailing me. I want to keep getting better. There are so many things that I can work and improve on. I just want to go out there and help my team win, and I want to be the best that I can be. That is my next goal. 

What was the best moment of 2016 for you, and why?

The Best moment of 2016 might have come off the field for me. I got married to my high school sweetheart Brian, which was one of the best days and trips of my life. There are World Cups, Olympics, amazing soccer moments in my career but to get married to the love of your life is really something special. Another memorable moment I would say is just the journey of 2016. It wasn’t easy. Coming off of a World Cup win in 2015, 2016 was a tough one. I was injured, we didn’t win [the Olympics] but you learn more from your failures than you do from your success. I think 2016 for me on a football side was definitely a learning experience to continue to get better.

You have said you were more anxious on your wedding day than on the day of the World Cup final. How do you learn to zone in and be calm on important match days?

A typical matchday for me is to get a good night’s rest, wake up in the morning, go for a 15 minute light jog to get the body moving, stretch out, get everything in motion. Eat breakfast, eat another couple of meals, stretch out, constantly drink water and just get my mind on the game and be ready and focused, and that’s that. Once the whistle blows, it’s game time. 

Can you describe what it's like to end 2016 as your country's leading scorer and assist-maker?

As far as stats are concerned, they're something that I’m continuously working at but they don't define who I am, or really matter to me. What matters to me is connecting with my team-mates, winning games, helping my team win - those are the most important things. It’s my job as a striker now to put the ball in the back of the net, because if I do that, it gives our team a greater chance of winning. For me, in my game, evolving in the final third, getting better as a false No9, those are the keys that I’m going to be focusing on for this next phase of my career. At the end of the day, stats don’t mean anything because if you’re not winning World Cups or Olympics then you’re not winning too much.

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