While it was all about who deserved it more in the Men’s Ballon d’Or category between Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, there was no such fuss in the women’s category with Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas the clear winner after a stellar season with the Spanish side where they won a treble.
The midfielder who runs the show at Barcelona has had a stellar 2020-21 season in which she scored 27 goals and provided 19 assists as the team was a cut above the rest.
— Ballon d'Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
In fact, Barcelona have been so good that they have been compared to the all-conquering Pep Guardiola side of the 2008-09 season.
With Putellas at the heart of their midfield. The team won their sixth Primera Division title, eight Copa da le Reina and maiden UEFA Women’s Champions League title.
CAREER SO FAR
Putellas started her career at Espanyol and Levante before joining Barcelona in 2012. In her nine years stay at the club Putellas has won five league titles, six Copa de la Reina and a Champions League.
The 27-year-old is currently the second-highest scorer in the history of Barcelona only behind Jennifer Hermoso
She also has a stellar international career with Spain.
Putellas has won two UEFA Euro U-17 in 2010 and 2011 and was also part of the U-19 team that finished the second 2012 Euro edition.
She holds the record for the most caps for the national squad.
PUTELLAS 2020-21 SEASON IN NUMBERS
In the previous season, the player was on fire as she was involved in 46 goals throughout the season.
And her good form has continued in the current season with the midfielder scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in 13 matches this season.
41 – Alexia Putellas 🇪🇸 has been directly involved in 41 goals in the Primera Iberdrola in 2021 (22 goals and 19 assists), more than any other player in the competition. Gold.#BallonDor pic.twitter.com/5S2zcrTZJD
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 29, 2021
This stellar form is the reason that Barcelona are nine points clear at the top of the table and have won all of their 11 matches scoring 68 goals and conceding just three.
She is also the first Barcelona player to score 10 goals in the Copa de la Reina.
And Putellas has not only scored loads of goals she has also scored them in big matches and important occasions for Barcelona.
In the previous season, she scored against Real Madrid in the El Clasico, against Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana Femenima, against Fortuna Hjorring in the Champions League quarter-finals, and in the Champions League final against Chelsea.
📊 Opta | Between Asisat Oshoala (eight) & Alexia Putellas has scored both (15 goals combined) as many goals as all entire Atlético de Madrid in Primera Iberdrola this season.
— Barça Femení (@BarcaFem) October 9, 2021
Putellas scored 18 goals in the league as Barcelona romped to the title, winning 33 and losing just one out of their 3 games in the entire season.
In fact, the team was so dominant that they have scored 83 goals in 15 games this season.
So, it was no surprise that there were four Barcelona players named in the top 20 list with Putelass joined by teammates Jenni Hermoso, Lieke Martens, and Sandra Panos.
After winning the award Putellas said, “This is only the beginning,” and we hope that remains the case.