I was 19 years old Alexia putellas (Mollet del Vallès, 4-2-1994) when he achieved an anthological goal in the final of the Queen’s Cup won by Barça against Zaragoza (4-0) in the Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas. It is difficult to explain in words the technical gesture he made in the race to mislead two defenders before dribbling the goalkeeper with another cut and scoring on an empty goal. Better to see it on YouTube and admire it again, for that was one of the first media goals of Spanish women’s football, which began to vindicate itself in a still timid way that June 16, 2013. For the skilled player, who used her left leg and the right with absolute naturalness in that brilliant action, was the definitive cover letter. It was different. Thus closed the 2012-13 season, that of his return to FC Barcelona, but also the beginning of a permanent and constant evolution, sports and personal, also physically, which has taken him to the top in 2021. The Ballon d’Or is an act of poetic justice. For her, for her Barça, for the quality of her fellow nominees (Jennifer Hermoso, Lieke Martens, Sandra Paños and Irene Paredes) and also for the forgotten ones (Caroline Graham Hansen, Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmatí, Mapi León …). And even for Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, midfielders, like her, who deserved it and did not achieve it.
[+] This was Alexia Putellas’ goal in the Cup final against Zaragoza
24 years have passed between his big day at the Théâtre du Châtelet of Paris and his first kicks to the ball with just three years in the Plaza del Mollet Town Hall, surrounded by children who never made her feel strange and who now boast of an award-winning friend who has taken care to maintain ties with her lifelong people. She was also the only girl who dared to haggle with the boys in the schoolyard. And he chose the teams, which personality was never lacking.
At CE Sabadell began to familiarize himself with the football discipline at the age of 7 and in the BarçaAt the age of 12, they started their dreams, which were not always placid. He was a child and played with the cadets, but a restructuring of the ages prevented him from playing and he went to Espanyol, where he spent four years, making his debut in the First Division at 16. He lived a season in Levante 2011-12 marked by the death of his dad, Jaume putellas, the man who supported him in his soccer ‘madness’ with all the calm in the world and wise advice.
For him it was even clearer that he should try to succeed and when he received the call from Xavi Llorens to return to Barça in 2012 he saw it as a sign. That was also his father’s dream. In an increasingly professionalized club, she found the bases to do it, working on talent, growing as a leader. And his wonderful 2020-21 season, with the League, the Queen’s Cup and the Champions League in the list of winners and 41 goals in 2021 with Barça and the national team without being a forward, in addition to 32 assists, earned him the deserved recognition, the second of the ‘big’ awards after UEFA’s Best Player.
FEMALE GOLDEN BALL CLASSIFICATION
1. Alexia Putellas (Barcelona / Spain)
2. Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona / Spain)
3. Sam Kerr (Chelsea / Australia)
4. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal / Netherlands)
5. Lieke Martens (Barcelona / Netherlands)
6. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns / Canada)
7. Pernille Harder (Chelsea / Denmark)
8. Ashley Lawrence (PSG / Canada)
9. Jessie Fleming (Chelsea / Canada)
10. Fran Kirby (Chelsea / England)