The Spanish of Barcelona Alexia putellas won this Monday the Golden Ball feminine, which France Football magazine presented for the third edition at the gala held at the Châtelet theater in Paris.
The player, the first Spanish to win the award, was proclaimed the winner with her club of the League, the Queen’s Cup and the Champions League, received the award from the French Kylian Mbappé.
The blaugrana captain, 27-year-old, thus personifies the enormous growth in the last years of the soccer Spanish -which has had four candidates among the 20 finalists- and Barça in particular, after a year in which the Catalans conquered the treble.
“I am very excited, it is a very special moment. It is also very special to have my colleagues here; I want to thank all the colleagues with whom I have met throughout my career, especially the ones I currently have. This is an individual award, but it is a collective success. I hope you feel that way, “he said after receiving the award.
“To all the coaches who have believed in me, thank you very much too. To the fans, who make me feel very happy. To the club, it is a privilege to be representing Barça at this gala. To my family and all my friends, I love you very much, “he said.” I want to dedicate this award to someone who has been, is and always will be very special to me, who is for whom I do everything. I hope you are very proud of your daughter, this is for you, dad, “he concluded.
Thus, ‘The Queen,’ as her teammates call her, relieves the American woman on the throne of world football Megan rapinoe, winner of the award in 2019 and who dismisses a reign of two years, after the awards were suspended in 2020 by the pandemic from coronavirus.
The one from Mollet del Vallès has climbed to the podium as the main representative of the culés among the nominees, among which were also the Spanish Jenni Hermoso, Irene Paredes and Sandra Paños and the Dutch Lieke Martens.
They were also among the 20 finalists the French Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Wendie Renard (Olympique de Lyon) and Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG); the English Fran Kirby (Chelsea) and Ellen White (Manchester City), the Chilean Christiane Endler (PSG-Olympique de Lyon), the Canadians Christine Sinclair (Thorns FC), Ashley Lawrence (PSG), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea) and Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), the Dutch Viviane Miedema (Arsenal), the Danish Pernille Harder (Chelsea) and Stina Blackstenius (Häcken), the Swedish Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea) and the Australian Sam Kerr (Chelsea).
Is he second prize that goes to Barça, you already saw how Pedri won the Kopa trophy that rewards the best under-21 of the year.