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Top facts about Alexia Putellas, the best female European player

Wed 01 December 2021 | 13:00

For the first time ever, France Football named a Barça player as the best women's footballer of the year. Read on to find out more facts about Alexia Putellas, the legendary Ballon d'Or winner.

Alexia Putellas Segura

(born 4 February 1994) is a Spanish soccer player who plays as a midfielder for

FC Barcelona

and leads both the club and the national side.

Alexia Putellas age

is 27. Here you can read the most important facts about Alexia Putellas, Barcelona captain.

Putellas is the heartbeat of the Barcelona and Spain midfield and the driving force from midfield to attack that her team needs throughout their campaigns.

In the 2020–21 campaign, she was an important captain and striker for Barcelona as they won the UEFA Women's Champions League as well as a continental triple for the first time in their history.

FC Barcelona's Alexia Putellas has been named the best female European player of the 2020-2021 season. The Catalan footballer prevailed over two of her teammates, Jennifer Hermoso and Lieke Martens, in the vote carried out by coaches and journalists organized by UEFA.

Putellas enjoyed global reputation with Spain's junior national sides, having won UEFA Women's U-17 Euros in 2010 and 2011, and coming second in the 2012 UEFA Women's U-19 Euro. She made her senior national team debut in 2012 and has since competed in three major international tournaments with the squad, including Spain's Women's World Cup start in 2015, the 2017 UEFA Women's Euro, and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

As of June 2021, Putellas has made the fourth-most games in FC Barcelona's women 's division and is the club's second-highest all-time scorer, behind only Jennifer Hermoso.

Top facts about Alexia Putellas:

The first

fact about Alexia Putellas

is that she has been a member of Barca since 2012, spending the most of her junior career at RCD Espanyol. Putellas has won five league championships, six Copas de la Reina, and one UEFA Women's Champions League since entering Barcelona.

Alexia Putellas early life

Alexia Putellas Segura was born in Mollet del Vallès, a town in the region of Barcelona, on February 4, 1994. Jaume Putellas Rota and Eli Segura are

Alexia Putellas parents

.

Speaking about

Alexia Putellas childhood

, it should be mentioned that she has been a fan of FC Barcelona since she was a kid. Putellas used to accompany the Penye of Mollet del Vallès to Camp Nou to watch Barcelona games with her father as a kid.

Despite being born into a basketball household, Putellas began practicing soccer at the age of six in 2001. Her first team was CE Sabadell, where she was registered by a family friend who played for the team.

Putellas spent a year at FC Barcelona's youth program in 2005. Putellas entered RCD Espanyol's youth squad when she was 12, and she remained for 4 years.

Alexia Putellas personal life

An important fact about Alexia Putellas is that she admired male players

Andrés Iniesta

, Rivaldo, and

Ronaldinho

, all of whom played for Barcelona, and female player Louisa Nécib, who represented Olympique Lyonnais.

Putellas' father, Jaume, died 2 weeks prior the beginning of the 2012 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.

Putellas may sometimes raise her fingers to the sky and gaze up when she walks onto the field or celebrates a goal in honor of her late father.

Putellas pursued Economic Administration and Management at Barcelona's Pompeu Fabra University before pausing his studies to concentrate on football.

In the aftermath of the 2017 Catalan independence vote, Putellas spoke out against jail terms for Catalan independence leaders, stating they were "not the answer."

Alexia Putellas professional career

Born in Catalonia, Alexia Putellas is always known as what F.C. Barcelona woman squad stands for: winning together and with style. In her mind, training is the ultimate means to a championship season, and more.

"The path we are following day by day, it's to do something big: to try and make history", she says. "That's the reason why we train every day," she said.

Alexia Putellas club career

A notable fact about Alexia Putellas is that she earned her senior squad start with RCD Espanyol at the age of 16. She was a member of the Espanyol team that claimed the Copa de la Reina in 2010 with a 3–1 victory against Rayo Vallecano.

In 2011, she played for Espanyol in the Copa de la Reina final, which they lost in extra time against her future team, Barcelona. Putellas' achievements with Espanyol established her as one of Spain's most promising young players.

UD Levante

Alexia Putellas started with Levante UD at the age of 17, a month after the 2011 Copa de la Reina final. Due to their failure to qualify for the Copa de la Reina the preceding campaign, Levante did not participate in the 2012 Copa de la Reina. Putellas had a good 2011–2012 year, netting 15 goals in 34 appearances and ending as Levante's top scorer.

FC Barcelona

In the summer of 2012, Putellas returned to Barca to compete for FC Barcelona Femen. She began and featured in the majority of Barcelona's games that year. Barcelona was poised to make their debut in the 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League after winning their first ever league championship the previous season.

An important

fact about Alexia Putellas

is that she made her UEFA Women's Champions League debut on September 26, 2013, versus

Arsenal

, which they lost 0–3 at home. Barcelona lost 0–4 in the away leg, and thus departed their competition debut in the Round of 32.

Putellas won her maiden league championship with the team on May 4, 2013, as Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 2–1.

Putellas remembers the match, which was played in front of 25,000 people at the San Mamés, as one of the greatest games of her life because it "made her feel like a player." She netted Barcelona's third goal in the Copa de la Reina final against Prainsa Zaragoza in 2013, dribbling past 2 Zaragoza players, past their goalie, and poking the ball into the net.

The goal went global and sparked a firestorm among the Spanish football media. Barça dominated the final 4–0, completing their first domestic double in history. Putellas was named the Copa de la Reina Final MVP for her effort.

A notable fact about Alexia Putellas is that she earned her second straight league championship with Barcelona after the club went undefeated in 27 games.

Putellas also played a key role in Barcelona's Copa de la Reina quest in 2014, netting in each round of the knockout round. Barcelona progressed to the quarterfinals with a 1–0 aggregate result versus Real Sociedad, with a Putellas goal in the away leg deciding the tie.

She netted in a 2–1 Barca victory against Rayo in the home leg of the semifinals. That match ended 3–1, pushing the squad to the final versus Athletic Club. Putellas' outside-the-box goal in the final's extra time forced a penalty shootout, where she netted the game-winning fifth penalty and won her sixth major club title. For the second year in a row, she was awarded Copa de la Reina MVP.

Putellas got her first Champions League score versus Czech team Slavia Prague in the Round of 32 of the 2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League.

Barcelona progressed after beating Slavia Prague 4-0 on aggregate, but fell short of Bristol City in the Round of 16 after losing 1–2 on aggregate.

After Barcelona were declared champions in April 2015, Putellas earned her third league championship with the club.

Putellas did not play in Barca's first UEFA Women's Champions League match of the 2015–16 campaign, a 1–1 tie with BIIK Kazygurt.

She rebounded the next match, helping Jennifer Hermoso in a 4–0 victory against the Kazakhs. In a 10–0 victory versus Fundación Albacete in 2015, she earned her first four-goal game.

Putellas scored a brace and assisted Mriam Diéguez in a 5–1 victory versus Real Sociedad in the Copa de la Reina quarterfinals in 2016, advancing the blaugranas to the semifinal.

Putellas was selected as a contender for the FIFPro Women's World XI for the first time at the conclusion of the campaign in 2016, when she was included among the attackers.

For the first time in the history of the team, Barca entered the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Championship in 2016–2017.

Paris Saint-Germain

, where Putellas played both games, knocked them out 5–1 on aggregate. Putellas won her third Copa de la Reina with the club on June 18, 2017, when she netted in the 2017 final, a 4–1 victory against Atlético Madrid.

An important fact about Alexia Putellas is that she wore the captain's armband for the first time in a game versus Santa Teresa CD on 2 October 2017, as all 4 of the team's captains were either snubbed or not chosen in the matchweek lineup.

Putellas was Barcelona's lone goalscorer in both legs of the 2018 Copa de la Reina quarterfinals, netting both match-winners versus Levante to advance the club to the semifinals.

After defeating

Athletic Bilbao

in the semifinal, Barca advanced to the final, where they defeated Atlético Madrid 1–0 late in extra time.

Putellas was appointed Barcelona's fourth captain for the 2018–2019 season, her first formal leadership position in her senior career.

Putellas scored an own goal in Barcelona's 3–1 loss to Kazakh team BIIK Kazygurt in the opening game of that season's Champions League. They rebounded from that defeat by winning 3–0 at home, progressing to the semifinals for the second time in team history.

Putellas started both games against Bayern, which Barcelona won on aggregate 2–0. On May 18, 2019, Putellas started in FCB Femen's first-ever UWCL final against Lyon, who won 4–1. Putellas was selected to the UEFA Women's Champions League Squad of the Season after Barcelona's defeat in the final for the first time in her career.

Soon after, Putellas extended her contract with the club for three more seasons, until 2022. She finished the season as Barcelona's best scorer in the league, with 16 goals, and as the club's top scorer overall, with 18 goals.

A notable

fact about Alexia Putellas

is that she was appointed second captain of Barcelona for the first time in 2019, after being named fourth captain the previous year.

During Vicky Losada's hamstring injury in the first few months of the 2019–2020 season, she led the side, but she started to begin as captain in most games by default as Losada moved to an off-the-bench position.

On September 7, 2019, she became the first girl to strike in the Estadi Johan Cruyff in a 9–1 victory over CD Tacón, which would subsequently become Real Madrid Femenino. Putellas scored Barcelona's opening goal of the 2019-20 Champions League season against Juventus a few days later. She netted the first ever Champions League goal at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in the opening leg.

She began and led both legs of the first ever Supercopa de Espaa Femenina in February of the following year. In the final, she scored twice in a 1–10 rout of Real Sociedad, earning the club's first major trophy in two years.

Later that month, she made her 300th appearance for Barcelona against Huelva, becoming the fourth player in Barcelona history to do so, after Melanie Serrano, Marta Unzué, and Vicky Losada. In March, she was recognized at Estadi Johan Cruyff for reaching the milestone.

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout Europe, the 2019-20 league season was halted, with Barcelona emerging victorious after 21 of 32 matchdays. It was Putellas' first league championship since 2015, and her fourth overall with the club.

In 20 league games, she finished with 10 goals and 8 assists. At the conclusion of the season, Putellas was voted the league's top player for the 2019–20 season.

Barcelona faced Atlético Madrid in the quarterfinals of the 2019–20 UEFA Women's Champions League, which they won 1–0. Barcelona progressed to the competition's semifinals, where they were defeated 1–0 by

VfL Wolfsburg

.

When questioned about the quality difference between Barcelona and other top European clubs in a post-match interview, Putellas said, "There is no space." Putellas was selected a contender for the UEFA Women's Team of the Year award for 2020 on the continental level.

Despite the fact that the 2019–20 UEFA Women's Champions League had been finished, Barcelona had still to complete the remaining matches of that season's Copa de la Reina campaign.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the 2019–20 Copa de la Reina semifinals and final were rescheduled until the 2020–21 season. Putellas scored a penalty in the 2020 Copa de la Reina final against EdF Logroo on February 13, 2021, to put Barcelona ahead 1–0. Barca won the final 3–0, earning Putellas his sixth Copa de la Reina with the club.

Because Barcelona's original leader,

Vicky Losada

, was mostly used as a substitute for the most of the 2020–21 campaign, Putellas took over as captain. Putellas began the first ever women's El Clásico versus Real Madrid Femenino in the opening match of the league season, scoring the game's fourth and final goal.

An important fact about Alexia Putellas is that she led FCB Femen versus Espanyol on January 6, 2021, the first time women's teams contested a professional match in the Camp Nou. Putellas became the first girl to strike a competitive goal at the stadium with a header goal from a corner kick delivery from Caroline Graham Hansen just before halftime.

The following week, she faced Atlético Madrid in the 2021 Supercopa Femenina semifinal, where she netted a 90th-minute free-kick to level the game and force extra time. Barcelona lost the game on penalties, one of their rare defeats in all competitions that season.

Putellas scored Barcelona's first ever home goal against Los Blancos in the second edition of the women's El Clásico. She also scored her 100th league goal for Barcelona with the goal.

Barcelona reached their second Champions League final in the 2020–21 season. Putellas practiced separately from the rest of the group the day before the Champions League final, her left thigh severely wrapped owing to hamstring injury, and she was on the verge of being labeled "doubtful" for the final.

Despite her injury, Putellas began her second Champions League final, this time against Chelsea, on May 16, 2021. Barcelona were given a penalty when Melanie Leupolz collided with Jenni Hermoso in the area after going up 1–0 in the first 30 seconds. Within 13 minutes, Putellas converted a penalty to put Barcelona up 2–0.

Putellas delivered a through ball into the box to

Aitana Bonmat

, who scored Barcelona's third goal in the 20th minute.

Later, the goal was named the competition's fifth-best goal. Barcelona won 4–0, the biggest margin of victory in any single-leg UWCL final, and Putellas was named to the UWCL Squad of the Season for that year. She was nominated for the UEFA Women's Champions League Midfielder of the Season award later that year.

She participated in the final rounds of the 2020–21 Copa de la Reina later that month. Due to her prior injury, Putellas missed the two league matches between the Champions League Final and the Copa de la Reina semifinal, but she started the semifinal against Madrid CFF and scored two goals in a 4–0 victory.

Her two goals made her the first player in Copa de la Reina history to score more than ten goals for Barcelona. Putellas scored two goals against

Levante UD

in the final, one from a header from a Lieke Martens corner delivery and the other from an open play shot into the far right corner.

Barcelona won the match 4–2, completing the continental triple for the first time in the history of a Spanish women's club side. Putellas was also named MVP of the Final and has the most goals (five) of any player in the competition.

It was her sixth Copa de la Reina and seventh overall with Barcelona. With 26 goals in all competitions, Putellas finished the season as Europe's top scoring midfielder. She was a UEFA Women's Player of the Year Finalist in August 2021, with Barcelona colleagues Lieke Martens and Jenni Hermoso.

Putellas assumed first-captain responsibilities at the start of the 2021–22 season, after the departure of Vicky Losada.

Alexia Putellas international career

In a 2–2 pre-tournament friendly tie with Denmark in Vejle, Putellas won her maiden senior national team cap.

Ignacio Quereda, the national team coach, announced her as a part of his 23-player roster for the 2013 European Championship finals in Sweden the next day.

An important fact about Alexia Putellas is that she earned her competitive game debut in Spain's opening encounter of the competition, when she came on as a substitute against England. With a header in extra time, Putellas sealed Spain's 3–2 triumph. It was her first senior international goal.

Spain

's victory was their first in a Euro tournament in 16 years, and it was also their sole victory of the tournament. When Spain was defeated in the quarter-finals by Norway, Putellas also played 90 minutes.

Putellas was called up to represent Spain in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, which was their first ever appearance at a World Cup.

She played every match in the competition, despite Spain's lackluster performance of two defeats and a tie. Her 22 colleagues on the squad demanded that long-serving coach Ignacio Quereda quit, citing inadequate tournament preparation and a lack of trust.

She was summoned to Spain's 2017 UEFA Women's Euro team by Jorge Vilda, Putellas' previous coach with the U-17s.

She featured in every one of Spain's group phase matches at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017, where they qualified for the knockout stages on a head-to-head tiebreaker with a one-win, two-loss record. Spain was beaten on penalties by Austria, when she was substituted in the 68th minute.

Putellas was selected to Spain's team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in May, which will be her and Spain's second Women's World Cup.

She appeared in all three of Spain's group phase matches as they progressed to the Round of 16, making it the country's most successful World Cup run ever. Spain put up a strong performance against the eventual tournament champions, the United States. Putellas kicked off the match, which resulted in a 1–2 defeat for the US.

Spain participated in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup 9 months after the World Cup, versus Japan, England, and Round of 16 World Cup rivals the United States. Putellas struck once versus

Japan

and then scored the game-winning goal with a header against England late in the game. Her efforts won her the title of player of the competition.

After Virginia Torrecilla, a teammate and close friend, was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, Putellas started wearing Torrecilla's number 14 with the Spain national team.

Putellas said that she would not retire Torrecilla's number until she returns to the national team. Putellas, along with Irene Paredes and Barcelona colleague Jennifer Hermoso, was chosen one of the three leaders of the Spanish national team in 2021.

Alexia Putellas style of play

Putellas was regarded as one of her era's finest prospects as a youngster for her achievements with Espanyol and Spain's U-17 team. Her playmaking skills as a winger, which she demonstrated in the 2010 UEFA U-17 Women's Championship, was praised by commentators.

A notable fact about Alexia Putellas is that she spent the most of her career as a forward on the left flank, despite being a left-footed player. Due to her clubs' more diversified rosters in recent years, she has moved into a deeper passing ability role, playing as a left center-midfielder for both FC Barcelona and Spain.

Putellas, who can play as an offensive midfielder as well as a second striker, is a key contributor to Barcelona's offense despite being mostly a center-midfielder. She can play defensive midfield and leftback when necessary to assist Barcelona in opening up gaps and retaining possession.

She is consistently one of Barcelona's top goal and assist scorers at the end of each season. She was the club's top scorer in all competitions in the 2018-19 season, and she was Europe's top scoring midfielder in the 2020-21 season.

Putellas has been dubbed the "Perfect Barcelona" midfielder, since she has the same vision, passing skill, and passing accuracy as her male colleagues from FC Barcelona's most successful eras.

A notable fact about Alexia Putellas is that she has been described as "technically excellent," "creative," and "decisive" by well-known publications. She is praised for her leadership skills as well as her technical ability, having been one of Barcelona's captains at the age of 23. Putellas has been dubbed a "role model" by Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta, who claims she embodies the club's ideals.

Alexia Putellas body measurements

Regarding

Alexia Putellas body measurements

, it should be mentioned that she is 173 cm or 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 69 kg.

Alexia Putellas social media

Regarding

Alexia Putellas social media

, it should be mentioned that she has a page on Instagram (

alexiaps94

) with 362k followers. On her page, we can see various pictures related to football and family.

She also has an active Twitter account (alexiaputellas) with 95k followers. She often posts new stuff on her twitter page.

Alexia Putellas net worth and salary

Alexia Putellas net worth

is estimated to be around 1 to 5 million dollars. The player’s salary has increased vastly after becoming an important asset to the team and after contract renewals.

Nike is a sponsor of Putellas. In a marketing occasion for Nike's new PhantomVNM Boots, she netted the longest-range goal at the Camp Nou (100m) in 2019.

She was the face of Nike's FC Barcelona marketing after reaching the 2019 Women's Champions League Final, with a billboard on the streets of Barcelona reading "don't play for finals, play for history." Putellas is also a part of Team VISA and is sponsored by VISA.

Alexia Putellas, the Ballon d'Or winner

Alexia Putellas won the Ballon d’Or 2021, being named as the world player of the year in Paris, where she was joined four teammates who were also among the nominees (Paños, Paredes, Hermoso and Martens).

It is the first time that France Football has ever given the honor to a member of the Barça women’s team. The ceremony was a memorable one with Pedri winning the Kopa Trophy for best young player and Leo Messi claiming his seventh Ballon d'Or title.

Alexia Putellas said, "I want to thank my team-mates. This is an individual award but it is unquestionably a team prize. To all the coaches that have believed in me, the fans, who I hope continue to enjoy what we do, the club, on its 122nd anniversary, and the destiny that has brought me to lift this trophy today ... and to my family."

 

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