Barcelona midfielder, Alexia Putella has been declared the winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or for 2021 after helping the club to a dominant treble.
The Spain international was instrumental in the success of the female team of the La Liga side as they won the Spanish league, cup, and Champions League.
The 27-year-old midfielder scored in both cup finals and had 37 goals and 27 assists to date.
Putella on Monday night defeated Barca teammate Jennifer Hermoso, as well as Chelsea duo Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby who were key to their Women’s Super League triumph in 2020-21.
Netherlands’ Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema, of Barca and Arsenal respectively, that had good years with the latter scoring a record 10 goals at the Olympic Games, also lost to Putella.
Putellas becomes the third winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin after Ada Hegerberg in 2018 and Megan Rapinoe in 2019. The award was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This article was originally published on Naija News