VIDEO: The Spanish Alexia Putellas wins the Ballon d’Or

FC Barcelona and Spanish national team player Alexia Putellas won the Golden Ball of women’s soccer on Monday. The Catalan midfielder becomes the first Spaniard to win the most prestigious award in world soccer, and goes down in history as the second Spaniard to do so after Luis Suárez in 1961.

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The 27-year-old midfielder joined Barcelona in 2012 after spending time in the youth ranks and made her professional debut for R.C.D. Espanyol and Levante U.D. Since her arrival at Barça, Putellas has helped the Catalan club’s women’s section to spectacular growth, winning the treble this year.

 

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The Catalan is one of Barça’s most represented players and the second-highest scorer in history, as well as scoring the first ever goal at the Joan Gamper Stadium and lifting the first Champions League title won by a Spanish club last season.

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Putellas beat out fellow Spaniards and clubmates Jenni Hermoso, Irene Paredes and Sandra Paños. The other nominees for the award are Magdalena Eriksson, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Sam Kerr, Stina Blackstenius, Wendie Renard, Samantha Mewis, Pernile Harder, Vivianne Miedema, Jessi Fleming, Ashley Lawrence, Christine Sinclair, Ellen White, Christiane Endler, Fran Kirby and Kadidiatou Diani.

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Putellas was also chosen “best player” and “best midfielder” at the UEFA awards gala.