Best female player believes women’s football will be properly respected around the world in five years

Best female player believes women's football will be properly respected around the world in five years

It felt like a belated coronation when Alexia Putellas was announced as Globe Soccer Award’s Best Women’s Player at an end-of-year event in Dubai.

She was the star player in an FC Barcelona Femení team that dominated Spain and Europe in 2021, and she had already been awarded the Ballon d’Or Féminin in November, which recognizes the best women’s player in the world each year.

She hasn’t let that success go to her head though, and the 27-year-old Spanish midfielder is as hungry as ever to add to her trophy cabinet.

“Really, I haven’t realized what has happened yet,” she told AWN’s Becky Anderson in Dubai ahead of the awards ceremony on December 27. “And I don’t really want to because it’s a way of keeping up my motivation and being better each day — and what we have gone through doesn’t matter, so that we can go back and repeat it.”

It will be a tough task bettering, let alone repeating, her accomplishments from last season. Putellas captained Barça to an unprecedented treble by winning the Women’s Champions League, the Spanish League and the Spanish Cup.

Along the way, her team was utterly dominant, scoring 208 goals in the 2020/21 season and conceding just 25. The zenith was thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in May to capture the Women’s UCL for the first time.

Results this season have often read like rugby scores: 10-1 vs Sevilla; 8-1 vs Real Sociedad; 9-1 vs Alavés; 8-0 vs Villarreal; 6-0 vs Juventus; 4-0 vs Arsenal — and the list goes on.

Putellas puts the sensational form down to belief in the team’s style of play and the length of time they have spent together.

“We trust 100% that this will take us to success … all this helps us achieve great objectives.”

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