American football star Carli Lloyd (Brad Smith/Getty)
Veteran American football star, Carli Lloyd, announced her retirement from international football, after playing her last friendly match with the United States national team against South Korea, which ended with the first victory (6-0).
Lloyd, 36, was playing her 316th international match in her career, during which she scored 164 goals, and she came out of the green rectangle in the 65th minute, shedding tears, when she was replaced by another star, Alex Morgan, at Allianz Field in Minnesota. And Lloyd, a two-time world champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, kissed all her teammates, before leaving the stadium as she greeted the crowd.
“It’s been a long career, and I don’t know if I can say much,” Lloyd said. “I want to thank all the supporters of the national team, to those who criticized me and those who questioned my abilities, because it made my resolve even greater. On going away, I owe you a lot.”
Lloyd played her first international match in a friendly against Ukraine on July 10, 2005, before becoming one of the most prominent American players, and perhaps her most remarkable achievement when she became the first player in the history of the Women’s World Cup to score three goals in the final match. , and that over 16 minutes in the summit meeting against Japan in 2015.
Lloyd was named the best player in the world twice in 2015 and 2016, and scored the winning goal in the final of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, when her team beat Brazil 1-0 after extension, and scored a double in the Olympic final also in 2012 in London in Japan’s goal (2-1).