After scoring a hat trick in 15 minutes to lead the US to a 5-2 win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final, midfielder Carli Lloyd was suddenly one of the most popular athletes in America.
How popular? In a video on the team’s Twitter account, Lloyd said she had 372 unread text messages by the time she was finally able to get ahold of her phone after the game. Lloyd described the moment as “surreal.”
Those who didn’t know Lloyd’s phone number took to Twitter to offer their congratulations to the Golden Ball recipient.
Kobe Bryant was left speechless:
President Obama praised Lloyd and offered a visit to the White House:
Longtime sports analyst Dick Vitale said she was like LeBron James in the finals:
If nearly 400 text messages and a tweet from President Obama weren’t enough, in just one day Lloyd reportedly increased her Twitter followers by more than 50,000 and her Instagram followers by more than 100,000.
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