Ballon d'Or 2021: Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas named best women's player of the year

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FC Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas won the 2021 Ballon d’Or Féminin reward on Monday, granted to the very best ladies’s gamer of the year. Putellas wins the prominent private award after an amazing year with Barcelona, as the club went on to finish a treble win throughout their 2020-21 season. The win likewise marks the return of the award, after the pandemic canceled the occasion in 2020. Previous winners of the award were Ada Hegerberg and Megan Rapinoe, who won in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The occasion marks the very first time France Football has actually granted the honor to a member of Barca’s ladies’s group. Putellas is now the very first Catalan winner, male or woman, and just the 2nd Spaniard and Barca gamer after Luis Suárez to win the award after 61 years. Other Barça players who have actually formerly gathered the award are all males, consisting of Johan Cruyff (1973, 1974), Hristo Stoichkov (1994), Rivaldo (1999), Ronaldinho (2005) and Leo Messi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019).

The 27-year-old Putellas was among 5 gamers representing the Catalon side in addition to her Barcelona colleagues Lieke Martens, Jennifer Hermoso, Sandra Paños and Irene Paredes. Putellas made the award after ending up ahead in the vote over Chelsea forward Sam Kerr, and her Barcelona colleague Hermoso to complete the leading 3. The ruling UEFA Women’s Player of the Year tape-recorded an astonishing 37 objectives and 27 helps last season as the Barca side won whatever in their sights, consisting of La Liga Primera Iberdrola, Copa de la Reina and UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Putellas has actually been a staple for Barcelona considering that signing up with the club from Levante back in 2012 and as made over 350 looks throughout all competitors. The group captain might have more splendor with the Catalan giants in the future after extending her agreement with the club back in October, which will keep her in a Blaugrana uniform till June 30, 2024.

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