Things To Know about the Ballon d’Or Winner.

Alexia Putellas grew up a Barcelona fan and spent a year at their youth academy when she was 11.

However, the midfield maestro then moved to Espanyol where she stayed until 2011.

She made her debut for the club when she was just 16-years-old and was part of the team that won the 2010 Copa de la Reina.

Putellas then moved to Levante aged 17, before securing a move back to Barcelona in the summer of 2012.

As well as securing the Ballon d’Or, Putellas was named the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and The Best FIFA Women’s Player.

The Spaniard held off competition from teammates Hermoso and Lieke Martens.

Putellas was also named midfielder of the season –– beating teammate Aitana Bonmati and Chelsea’s Ji So-Yun.

Despite being just 27-years-old, Putellas has been a vital figure in Barcelona’s first team since 2012 and has made more than 370 appearances for the club.

This puts her fourth on the all-time list, behind Melanie Serrano, Marta Unzue and Manchester City’s Vicky Losada.

Having scored more than 150 goals, Putellas is also the club’s second top goalscorer, trailing only to Hermoso.

Putellas is not just a star for Barcelona but also holds the record for most international appearances for Spain with 92.

So far, she has featured in three major competitions and was named Spain’s Player of the Year in 2021.

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