Alexia Putellas, one step away from becoming the second Spanish winner of a Ballon d’Or | sports

Alexia Putellas, the Spanish player and captain of FC Barcelona, ​​is really close to making history for our country. The dominance by the Catalans throughout last season, in which they raised the treble, may be the reason for a prize at the gala that is held tonight in Paris and which will consecrate the best in this sport.

Among them, Alexia Putellas, who has already been recognized last August by UEFA as the best player of the year. In addition, you will be fortunate to experience this unique moment with many of your teammates and share the red carpet with Jennifer Hermoso, Sandra Paños and Irene Paredes in the French capital.

Irene Paredes, Sandra Paños, Jenni Hermoso and Alexia Putellas pose at the Camp Nou / Getty Images

Alexia Putellas, the constant vindication

The FC Barcelona captain did not have the luck of many footballers in her childhood. The one born in Mollet del Vallès in 1994 was the only girl who congregated in the town square to kick a ball. Her father’s spirits encouraged her to continue and conquer the path of professionalization in a sport that was far from being a reference in the female category.

At the age of 17, he won a Copa de la Reina with Espanyol and signed for Levante, one of the clubs that bet the most on women’s football. It is in 2015, when Barça does not hesitate and wants her in their ranks, however, there is tragic news. The man who had supported Alexia throughout his life, his father Jaume, passes away leaving an irreparable hole in the footballer who has to be convinced to continue on the front line.

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His constant vindication and his fight did not cease to exist and Alexia Putellas set out to make history and boy has he done it. Now she is about to become the second Spaniard able to lift a Ballon d’Or 60 years after a certain Luis Suárez Miramontes did it and thus put our football at the top of the panorama of this sport worldwide.

His legacy doesn’t just stay on the pitch

The Alexia Putellas brand is one of the most powerful realities that exist in our country and that has not gone unnoticed by the big brands, who see the perfect opportunity to link with the already established women’s football and position the FC Barcelona player as one of the main flag bearers of this sport.

This is what has happened with the clothing brand, Nike. It has been an image since 2013 and among other great campaigns it has starred in huge posters located throughout the city or has starred in a spectacular video on YouTube with the empty Camp Nou that conquered all the followers.

This is the case of ISDIN or VISA. The latter has made a place for him in a ‘team’ where other great figures of his sport appear in the European sphere such as the English Lucy Bronze, the French Eugénie Le Sommer, the German Dzsenifer Marozsán or the Swedish Kosovare Asllani. That connection does not prevent him, despite everything, from having enough personality to take other steps. Thus, the first comic starring her has already been launched with the Alfaguara label, in which she recounts her experiences, entitled ‘Alexia, superfutbolista’. The second will come soon.

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In addition to all this, she has always committed to the injustices and prejudices that are used against many of her colleagues and her speaker on Instagram or her Twitter profile has been evidence on numerous occasions of the whip against the social scourge that consists of misconduct of continued respect or machismo used as a weapon to distort a sport that has conquered many people.

“If I could have started to live the profession as I have been living it lately since I was 12 years old, that is why girls have to focus on learning and enjoying each training session and each game,” says a Putellas who is about to become a legend for our country.

The gala: where to see it and how to follow it

The 2021 Ballon d’Or gala held in Paris can be seen through the Mega channel on free-to-air television in Spain and can be heard through Carrusel Deportivo in a special edition that will begin at 9 p.m. From the Châtelet Theater in the French capital, Antón Meana and Andrés Onrubia will bring us closer to everything that happens in the ceremony attended by the best players and coaches in the world, organized by France Football.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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