Alexia Putellas has written her name in gold letters within the history of Spanish football after proclaiming herself the new winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or. The FC Barcelona captain thus succeeds the American star Megan Rapinoe, winner in the last edition two years ago and puts the icing on the cake to a dream season in which he has lifted all the titles he has played. It took six decades to see a Spanish representative at the top of world football, after Luis Suárez Miramontes achieved it in 1961.
The Catalan midfielder had already been named by UEFA as Best Player of the Year after signing a whopping 26 goals during the season and giving 16 assists, data that have made her the best player in the world at the moment, such as France Football it has just been ratified and made official at the gala held at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
Spain and Barcelona have opened another wonderful chapter in the history of women’s football in our country and this Golden Ball by Alexia Putellas does nothing but confirm the good work of a league that is growing by leaps and bounds and that as of November 29, 2021 has made history forever.
Dedication to his father
It is his brief speech, the brand new Spanish Ballon d’Or has not missed the opportunity to dedicate a few words to his father, who recently passed away. “I want to dedicate this moment to someone who has always been, is and will always be very special to me (…) It is for whom I do everything, I hope you are very proud of your daughter wherever you are, this is for you, dad”, Putellas said very excited to receive the award that designates her as the best player in the world.
Putellas took advantage of the press conference to claim the role of women’s football and its professionalization in Spain. “This award is a before and after, or so I want it to be. A point has come when projects like Barça’s have shown that, with investment, there are results. There is no excuse. Everyone can dream of being footballer and do it with decent conditions to be a professional, “explained the brand new winner of the award.
On that project that has produced so many results, Putellas warned that his successes last season and his award are only the beginning. “There are many feelings that I have right now. I feel that I am privileged to be here and represent so many people. I am sure that I will not be the last Barça player who is going to sit here. This has just started in our project, “he warned.
Jenni Hermoso, second classified
Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas’ partner in both FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, has been the second classified of an award to which Irene Paredes and Sandra Paños also chose. 4 of 20 nominees were Spanish. The podium was closed by Sam Kerr of Chelsea FC.
Leo Messi, Ballon d’Or
In the men’s section, the Ballon d’Or has been won by Leo Messi. The Argentine has achieved his seventh award for best player in the world, this time ahead of Lewandowski and Jorginho. Out of the Top-3 has been the Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema.
Pedri, Kopa trophy
The success of Spanish football has not only remained in women’s football. To the Ballon d’Or of Putellas we must add that Pedri, a player for Barcelona and the Spanish National Team, has been the winner of the Kopa Trophy as the best player under 21 years of age in the world, an award that since 2018 has been awarded by the magazine ‘France Football’. A week ago it was recipient of the Golden Boy Award awarded by the Italian newspaper ‘Tuttosport’ to the best under 21, ahead of Britain’s Jude Bellingham.
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