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Carli Lloyd honored as FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year winner Carli Lloyd of the USA and Houston Dash and FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona pose together with their trophies after the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015. (Getty Images)

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

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

Lionel Messi won the men's player of the year.