Spain's Alexia Putellas wins her second Ballon d'Or

Spain’s Alexia Putellas wins her second Ballon d’Or

FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas receives her second Woman Ballon d'Or award during the France Football Ballon d'Or 2022 award ceremony at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris on October 17, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
FRANK FIFE / AFP FC Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas receives her second Woman Ballon d’Or award during the France Football Ballon d’Or 2022 award ceremony at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris on October 17, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

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FC Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas receiving her second Ballon d’Or, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, on October 17, 2022.

FOOTBALL – The Spanish Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona) was elected Women’s Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year, this Monday, October 17, in Paris.

She is ahead of England’s Beth Mead (2nd), from Arsenal, crowned European champion at home with the “Lionesses” and named best player in the competition, and the Australian Sam Kerr (3rd), who plays for Chelsea.

“On July 5 I injured my knee, I thought it would not be possible” to win the trophy for the second time, “that we were only going to remember the most recent things”He launched the winner on the stage of the Châtelet theater, before the designation of the men’s Ballon d’Or, scheduled for 9:39 p.m., for which Karim Benzema is the favourite.

“I am very happy to be here again”she added. “Last year, when I managed to win the trophy for the first time, I promised myself to improve myself to put myself at the service of the team”.

Then he had a word for his teammates, “Without them I wouldn’t be here, I couldn’t have won. I love you all and I thank you”.

Despite missing the European Championship this summer due to a serious knee injury, which occurred on the eve of the competition, Putellas, 28, prevailed and became the first winner to retain her Women’s Ballon d’Or, released in 2018 by the magazine france football.

The first year won the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), followed in 2019 by the American world champion Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC, now OL Reign). The 2020 edition had been canceled due to Covid-19, and Putellas won for the first time in 2021.

the british won

The English, with Beth Mead in the lead, were among the favorites, but the votes of the juries were divided between the Arsenal player, Lucy Bronze (10th) and Millie Bright (15th).

Attacking or attacking midfielder, the one who bears her first name, Alexia, turned to her shirt, ended up champion of Spain, and finalist in the Champions League with Barça, defeated by Lyon (3-1).

After playing in the lower categories of Sabadell, he went through Espanyol Barcelona before returning to Barça at the age of 19, the club of his heart, at 18, in 2012, where he accompanied the creation of the professional section, in 2015.

There she established herself as a legend, becoming a six-time champion of Spain.

The Catalan holds the record for matches with the Spanish women’s team, with 100 matches (23 goals).

Absent from the field due to injury until 2023, Putellas is currently in contention with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) like most internationals.

On September 22, fifteen players from the ‘Roja’ announced that they would stop wearing the famous red shirt while the current coach Jorge Vilda, in whom the RFEF has renewed its confidence, continued in office.

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