We need to talk about The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award
— #FIFAWWC (@FIFAWWC) 9 de janeiro de 2017
No, it is not April 1st. Carli Lloyd just won the The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award for 2016. It was already a huge surprise not to see Ada Hegerberg, UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for 2015/16, included in the ten original candidates, imagine what was, for us, who follow women’s soccer, to watch Carli Lloyd, who is a great player and that I admire deeply, to win the award over the Bayern Munich player, Melanie Behringer.
— WoSo Comps (@WoSoComps) 3 de novembro de 2016
As a have wrote in my previous post, 2015 was a great year for US women’s national team and Carli was their biggest name. But what did she achieve in 2016? She was injured for almost six months, US fell to Sweden in the quarters, being eliminated from Olympics and her club was far from to win the NWSL title this season.
“Looking at the data that @SeuEsporteBR tweeted, in 2016, Lloyd scored 7 goals in 11 matches and had 4 assists, already Marta scored 20 goals in 31 matches and provided 12 assists.”
Correction: It has been brought to our attention that the below statistic source may not be accurate. Lloyd achieved 7 matches, 5 goals, 3 assists for Houston Dash and for USA, 21 matches, 17 goals, 11 assists via Houston Dash official website, view source.
Carli Lloyd em 2016:
4 assistências. Nem um título.
12 assistências e conquistou um título. É…
— Seu Esporte (@SeuEsporteBR) 9 de janeiro de 2017
This is only comparing her with Marta, the best in history, who by far was not favourite this year and did not have her best season.
Now lets compare her with Behringer: The German midfielder, who was the top scorer of 2016 Rio Olympic Games netting five goals. She also was a key part of FC Bayern München that won the 2015–16 Frauen Bundesliga and won the Gold Medal with Germany at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
— WoSo Comps (@WoSoComps) 9 de janeiro de 2017
Now the most absurd thing of the year in women’s soccer: Ada Hegerberg, the 2015/16 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe, was champion with Lyon of UEFA Women’s Champions League, French League and French Cup. She was also the top scorer of the UEFA Women’s Champions League scoring 13 goals and the top scorer of the French League netting 33 goals. She was not even nominated in the 10 finalists for Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2016!?
— Womens Soccer United (@WomensSoccerUtd) 25 de agosto de 2016
Sincerely, if any player, coach or journalist who voted on this list is reading this text, know that you should be ashamed! Oh really. You do not care about the sport in which you work. And do not try to blame the lack of media and coverage, because if you play or coach in a national team or if you are a journalist, you probably have access to the internet, and my friend, over the internet you could follow women’s football around the world! Because we fans do it!
I lost count of the matches I have watched online this year! How many tournaments did u follow in 2016? Who was the champion of Damallsvenskan this last season? Which player was the top scorer of Frauen Bundesliga? If you don’t know the answer of these questions, you are not studying and following your sport! I am really, really ashamed with how some players, coaches and journalists from countries with history in women’s soccer have voted this year:
It’s really disrespectful to players and coaches, who work hard all year long, not to receive the recognition they deserve from their own colleagues.
I really hope, especially from players and coaches, that they become ambassadors for women’s football, that they start to follow the sport around the world, the major leagues and championships. They do not need to go far to find the information, thanks to women’s football lovers, today we have a lot of information available on the internet, which help spread the word.
So the next round of UWCL is coming and the UEFA Women’s EURO as well, so you must not miss the opportunity to learn more about the sport you love and play!
Women’s football enthusiast based in Brazil. Supporting and raising the profile of the women’s game.