Alexia Putellas of Barcelona is the Best FIFA Women’s Player again in the 2022 event, having previously a winner of 2021.
Putellas is also the reigning back-to-back Ballon d’Or winner for 2021 and 2022, and her newest honor confirms her standing as the world’s top female player.
What’s more, the Spaniard hasn’t played since sustaining an ACL injury in June. Her hopes of being the first Spanish player to win a key international match fell shot. But up to that point, her efforts for Barcelona had already left an enduring impression on 2022.
Barcelona had a flawless season in Spain in 2021/22, winning all of their games. The club scored 159 goals while conceding only 11, and Putellas had her finest individual season yet, scoring 34 goals across all competitions.
The Catalans also easily won the Cup de la Reina and the Supercopa de Espana Femenina, completing a domestic triple. They were one game away from completing the quadruple, reaching their second consecutive Champions League final but losing to Lyon in a battle of giants.
After defeating England’s forward for the Ballon d’Or and finishing ahead of emerging American star Alex Morgan, Putellas defeats Beth Mead to win the FIFA award.
The 29-year-old midfielder accelerated her ACL rehabilitation in December, beginning to run on grass at Barcelona’s training complex and boosting the prospect of being totally healthy before the season’s finish. Nevertheless, because she has support the 15 players who have refuse to be called up by current Spanish coach Jorge Vilda, her participation in the 2023 World Cup is still in doubt.
Alexia Putellas: Memorable moments
Last year, in a Champions League triumph over the Danish team Koge, Putellas combined tremendous talent and incredible cunning to score with a fantastic spin-and-volley..
A Putellas-style In the quarterfinals of the 2021–2022 Champions League, Barcelona easily defeated ferocious rival Real Madrid. Putellas’ skillful finish gave Barça a 3-1 victory in the first leg at Stadium Alfredo di Stéfano. Barça caused the damage.
In 2022, Putellas became the first female player to make 100 appearances for Spain, creating new history for the national team. In a 1-1 friendly game with Italy, she scored to honor the occasion.