Spanish football attends another great event in history this Monday. More than 60 years later, Spain can once again celebrate a Ballon d’Or. The second, to be more exact, after the one won by Luis Suárez in 1960. And, in women, with Alexia Putellas as the great favorite to win this award. The Barça player is calm about the latter and has only one wish: that the award stays with her team. “My opinion is that someone from this team has to take it. I have not seen anyone from his footballing level this season or the previous one,” said Alexia in statements offered by the culé entity.
Everything indicates that this will be the case since, if all the forecasts are fulfilled, The Catalan midfielder will be the first Spanish woman and the third in the world to win this distinction, in which she is preceded by the American Megan Rapinoe (2019) and the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg (2018). However, Alexia can earn much more, securing a legacy in Spanish soccer at just 27 years of age. Exhibition after exhibition, that of Mollet del Vallés has earned her role as a favorite, with which he also appears on the list of nominees for The Best.
And it is not by chance that Alexia has risen to the fore in world football in recent seasons. The Spanish soccer player has been showing at an excellent level both on and off the field for two years, the result of her tireless work and perseverance. His talented game, his goals or the assists with which he has delighted Europe are added to his continuous exemplary speeches. A stellar combination that has led him to lead the best Barça in history, with which he won the historic triplet in the League, Champions and Cup, and to lead the finalist lists of all individual awards in world football right now. Among them, some already shine in their showcases, such as ‘Best Player in Europe’, in which she was the first Spanish woman to do so.
With an exquisite technique, the Barça midfielder is a key piece in Barça’s offensive game, with which she signed until 26 goals and 16 assists the previous season, and of the Spanish National Team, in which she has made history by being the player with the most internationals. To this is added his decisive value in the big events of the last year, signing a double in the Cup final against Levante (4-2) and transforming a penalty in the Champions League final against Chelsea (0-4).
Definitely, Alexia adds more than enough merits to raise the Ballon d’Or high. And to also become a living legend of world football, where he looks like one of the stars of the moment and in which he wants to make history.
A Barça is of “pure gold” with five nominees
Putellas will not be alone at the Ballon d’Or Gala in Paris. The Catalan will be accompanied by three of her teammates at Barça and also nominated for this award: Sandra Paños, Irene Paredes and Jenni Hermoso. The three will attend the meeting where Spanish football aims to make history. In total, Barça has five nominees, adding the presence of the Dutch Lieke Martens. All of them, except Paredes, were part of the team that won the treble.
Along with Alexia, the level of Jenni Hermoso, top scorer in the League and in the Champions League, also stands out. “Being able to share this with four teammates, after the year we had, I think it could be the biggest prize,” declared the Madrid forward, who is another favorite alongside the Norwegian. Pernille Harder and the Australian Sam Kerr, from Chelsea, runner-up in the Champions League and champion of the English League. Despite this, all eyes are on Barça and the club itself boasts of talent in its ranks on social networks by saying: “Pure gold”.
All the nominees and candidates for the women’s Ballon d’Or
– Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)
– Jenni Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
– Irene Paredes (Spain / PSG and FC Barcelona)
– Sandra Paños (Spain / FC Barcelona)
– Lieke Martens (Netherlands / FC Barcelona)
– Kadidiatou Diani (Francia / PSG)
– Fran Kirby (Inglaterra / Chelsea)
– Christiane Endler (Chile / PSG y Lyon)
– Christine Sinclair (Canadá / Thorns FC)
– Ashley Lawrence (Canadá / PSG)
– Jessie Fleming (Canadá / Chelsea)
– Viviane Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal)
– Ellen White (Inglaterra / Manchester City)
– Pernille Harder (Dinamarca / Chelsea)
– Samantha Mewis (Canadá / North Carolina Courage)
– Wendie Renard (Francia / Lyon)
– Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Francia / PSG)
– Stina Blackstenius (Denmark / Hedges)
– Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden / Chelsea)
– Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea)