Carli Lloyd Pulls A LeBron, Calls Herself ‘The Best Player In The World’
Whereas there's nothing wrong with self-confidence, it is resolved that a great athlete pretty much has to believe that he pr she is the best player in the world in order to perform at the highest level.
But you say that to yourself, don't you? Because if you go around telling others of the belief, you come up looking kile a butthead.
Carli Lloyd took that chance this morning on Live! with Kelly and Michael, uncorking this statement:
"We all have individual goals, and when I got on the national team, one of my goals was to become the best player in the world. And slowly but surely, I think that, you know, I've kind of reached that pinnacle," she said.
So is she right? Three goals within the first 16 minutes of the Women's World Cup finals vs. Japan seems to make a pretty good case -- no one has ever done that. But Lloyd had help -- this is not an individual sport. More importantly, once you place yourself on the mountaintop, there's nowhere to go but down. Why put yourself in that position?
Muhammad Ali said "I am the greatest," but that was before a fight, and was meant to intimidate his opponent. Lloyd's declaration is more naked hubris, and does not serve her well. Technically, however, she's right: she won the Golden Ball Award for the team that won the Women's World Cup.
Still, Lloyd should let others decide. If you need to declare yourself the best, maybe you aren't.
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