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Alexia Putellas’ fight for the conquest of a Spanish Ballon d’Or 60 years later

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Alexia Putellas' fight for the conquest of a Spanish Ballon d'Or 60 years later

The midfielder of Barcelona and the National Team aspires to be proclaimed the best footballer in the world this Monday. Luis Surez Miramontes was the last Spaniard to win a Ballon d’Or in 1961. Jennifer Hermoso, Sandra Paos and Irene Paredes are also nominated for the award.

Alexia Putellas, captain of Barcelona.

Alexia putellas (Mollet del Valls, 1994) knows many of the layers of life. The most beautiful, but also the saddest and most unpleasant. Perhaps that is why he prefers to observe than to speak. She is more cautious than introverted. And consistent with an unthinkable trajectory in a country where just five years ago women would never have imagined making a living from football. The irony hits. No Spanish player has won a Ballon d’Or since Luis Surez Miramontes He picked up his in 1961. Alexia, standard bearer of the women’s revolution in Spanish football, will go to the Chtelet Theater in Paris this Monday with the intention of succeeding the legendary Galician player. It is the great favorite. This time is yours.

Alexia never wanted to feel different. She was the only girl who played soccer in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Mollet, while she alternated the balls with the Ronaldinho Bara games that she used to see on the billiard table in the bar. She was also the only girl who claimed the ball at recess. Not only was she not intimidated, but she was the boss. And whoever dares to play with older, stronger boys, but without that talent than their father, Jaume, I tried to mold.

It was her father who accompanied her in her future with Sabadell, with Bara, or during her four-year stage in the lower categories of Espanyol, where she always had to train after the boys did. And without more technician than any of the players of the Blue and White first team. Professionalization was a utopia. It was the girls who had to pay to play.

Memory of his father

Alexia, in July 2011, signed for Levante. He was only 17 years old, but had already made his debut in the first category with Espanyol when he was only 16 years old. He had come to win the Queen’s Cup and to lift the first of his two European championships with the Spanish U-17 team. The passage through Levante will be the preamble to his return to Barcelona. But only two months before returning to the Barça club and seeing his progression as a footballer confirmed, he suffered the death of his father. The same one who insisted during her childhood that she could never be more than her coaches. That only discipline and effort would allow him to reach high. Today to think about him again.

Xavi Llorens, one of the great architects of Barcelona believing in its feminine section, was the one who called Alexia to accept the challenge of returning home. In 2015 the professionalization of the Barça team was already total. Ideal conditions were offered for training. Aspects that were previously neglected, such as nutritional controls or medical follow-ups, were the norm. Women were no longer the last to train. Also being cornered in fields that no one wanted. And the growth could already be sustained, with Alexia as a bastion and each time with a broader view of the field. With each step back on the pitch, he gained in intelligence, in delicacy with his left boot, but also in strength to sustain himself in crashes, essential to fight in the Champions League.

End to Physical and Competitive Difference

If Alexia Putellas is called to raise the Ballon d’Or, it is because she has saved, together with her Barcelona teammates, the physical and competitive ocean of Europe. On May 18, 2019, at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, it was difficult for him to stop crying after Olympique Lyon beat them with a simple blink of an eye. Two years later, on May 16, Bara de Llus Corts raised the first European Cup of Bara and Spanish football in Gteborg after crushing Chelsea (0-4) in a memorable match. Alexia, who always left her mark on the big events, was one of the scorers of a team that completed the season with the League and the Queen’s Cup.

In August, UEFA recognized Alexia as the best footballer of the year. This Monday share the red carpet with three other Spanish footballers, also Barça Jennifer Hermoso, Sandra paos and Irene Paredes.

While Leo Messi aspires to his seventh Golden Ball and Robert Lewandowski wonders if the day of his great recognition as a scorer arrives, Alexia Putellas will have a unique opportunity to claim that so much effort was worth it.



Reference from elmundo