Alba Redondo, Misa Rodríguez, María Pérez and Carlota Ciganda receive their MARCA Women’s Sports Awards

Also honored were Caroline Weir, Racheal Kundananji, Caroline Moller, Jonatan Giráldez and Olatz Rivera

Ona Carbonell, Susana Rodríguez, the Spanish soccer team and the Queens League completed the list of honors


The Spanish soccer players Alba Redondo and Misa Rodríguez, respective winners of the Pichichi and Zamora awards during the 2022/23 season in the F League, received their MARCA Women’s Sports Awards this Thursday along with the athlete María Pérez, the golfer Carlota Ciganda and a string of current stars on the national sports scene.

During a gala organized by the newspaper ‘Marca’ at Espacio Rastro Madrid, hosted by journalists Ana Quiles and Vicente Ortega, the best in various sports were honored. Alba Redondo, forward for Levante UD and the Spanish soccer team, picked up the Pichichi for top scorer; Real Madrid player Misa Rodríguez picked up, for the second year in a row, Zamora as the goalkeeper with the fewest goals scored.

“It’s an individual award, but I would classify it more as a collective one because I owe it to my teammates. They are the ones who have made the vast majority of my passes reach the area, even though I then finished at the end. It’s their fault them, but it is appreciated and taken with great pride,” Redondo commented at the event’s photocall.

“Without a doubt it has been a year, I am going to make it easy, round. But it has been like that. We are having a dream season with Sánchez Vera, the team is in tow, Pichichi, qualification for the Champions League, World Cup, Ballon d’Or nomination … I have no other words other than satisfaction and joy above all,” summarized the Levante striker.

In addition, Redondo analyzed the good path of the ‘Roja’ in the League of Nations. “Spain wants to bring a lot of joy to the Spanish people, we are getting closer and closer to that classification. In the next FIFA window it will be seen and I hope you can enjoy it with our football,” he said about the option of a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The ‘granota’ player also spoke about the return of Jennifer Hermoso. “The only thing the soccer players want is to play soccer and focus on it. About Jenni… It was a shame that the previous concentration was not there; but well, she has shown that she is still at a high level and that she is going to continue giving grade.” for a long time,” he added.

The Scottish Caroline Weir, midfielder for the Merengue team, won the MVP Award; Danish midfielder Caroline Moller, also from Real Madrid, took the Best Goal award; while Zambian Racheal Kundananji, Madrid CFF forward, won the Revelation Player award.

The Barça Femení coach, Jonatan Giráldez, was awarded Best Coach and thus reissued last year’s award; On the other hand, Olatz Rivera was chosen as Best Referee and Costa Adeje Tenerife received special recognition for his career, with its president Sergio Batista at the helm.

In addition, former artistic swimmer Ona Carbonell received the Citius, Altius, Fortius Award; the athlete María Pérez, double world champion of 20 and 35 kilometer walk, the Best Athlete; the basketball player Raquel Carrera, the Sports Promise; and the triathlete Susana Rodríguez, the Best Paralympic Athlete.

The Spanish soccer team added to its record in the Best Team category, after having won last summer’s World Cup in Sydney (Australia), while the Queens League won the Award for Integration and Innovation in Women’s Sports.

“There have been very beautiful moments after this World Cup, which has been historic and it is a fact that we will always remember,” said colchonera Eva Navarro. It is still difficult for me to assimilate that I am world champion, I think that after everything we have achieved it is difficult to assimilate,” she admitted in the company of Misa Rodríguez.

“It’s hard to assimilate it. After so much time I think you assimilate it more, right? When you return to the national team, you are impressed to see the star stuck on the chest and then you say: ‘Wow, I’m a world champion.’ It is an enormous privilege to have given that star to the Spanish soccer team and we are very lucky to have lived through that moment, the Real Madrid goalkeeper stressed.

Pamplona golfer Carlota Ciganda took the stage for the Moment of the Year category, following the Solheim Cup won by the European team on September 24. It was the third consecutive European title, this time sealed at the Finca Cortesín facilities (Málaga).

“I would love to win that ‘big one’ for Spain, which in golf is valued the most. I am happy with the career I am having, but I remain motivated every day to try to continue improving and try to continue winning tournaments,” predicted Ciganda.

“I have been in the LPGA for 12 years, playing in the United States, playing on the European Tour… Solheim was spectacular. In Spain, in front of my people, my country and my family, a moment that I will not forget” , the woman from Pamplona finally congratulated herself.