“My uncle has Barca tattoos, my grandfather was in the fan club, I only have one confused cousin from Real”

Today, the world is at the feet of Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid ace deservedly won the Ballon d’Or and his name and photos with the trophy are everywhere. However, the women’s winner – Barcelona’s 28-year-old Alexia Puteyas – also deserves attention. She took home soccer’s most prestigious award for the second year in a row and the third time in her career overall.

Alexia is a universal favorite at the Camp Nou and Andres Iniesta describes her as the perfect role model. “She personifies the club and its values,” says the legend. And this assessment seems to exhaust the need for further explanation.

2020/21 – 26 goals and two trebles

In the 2020/21 season, Putejas became the captain of the Catalan women and as part of the club won the Champions League, the Spanish Championship and the Queen’s Cup of Spain. She also collected a valuable trio of individual awards: FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, UEFA Women’s No. 1 and lifted her first Ballon d’Or. Alexia scored 26 goals in all competitions, becoming the season’s top scorer among all women’s midfielders in Europe. At the end of the season, he became the first Spanish player since 1960 to win the Ballon d’Or.

2021/22 – 34 goals, 90 thousand at Camp Nou and 100 matches for the national team

The following season, Putejas broke his individual goalscoring record with 34 goals in all competitions. She became the season’s top scorer in the Champions League with 11 goals and helped her team reach the final of the tournament. However, Barca failed to defend their trophy, and in the final against Lyon, Alexia scored the only goal for the Catalans in a 1:3 defeat. Otherwise, Barca won La Liga with a huge lead and without defeat, and the Queen’s Cup again went to the showcase of the “Blaugranas”.

At the beginning of June, Puteyas became the first soccer player to play 100 matches for Spain, but on the eve of Euro 2022, she suffered a serious injury. Her absence was a major blow for La Furia and the team crashed out of the tournament, losing to eventual champions England in the quarterfinals.

In August, Putejas won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Season again.

“I’m very happy to receive this award for the second year in a row – she said at the ceremony. – Unfortunately, now I can’t do what I love most, but the fact that I’m here again motivates me a lot. The most special moment last season was without a doubt the two games at Camp Nou where over 90,000 turned out to watch us. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank my club for making every real person’s dream come true “cool” like me – to play in our packed stadium.”

Immediately after those Champions League matches, Barcelona announced that Putejas’ shirts were outselling those of more than half the men’s team players…

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Crazy Barca fan

Putejas has been an avid Barcelona fan since she was a child, which is completely understandable – her whole family shouts for the Catalans. But he took his first steps in the ranks of city rivals Espanyol before moving to Barca at the age of 16. A short period in Levante followed, and in 2012 he returned home.

“My family has always been about Barca. My uncle has tattoos of the team and my grandfather has been a member of the Peña Blaugrana de Mollet (a chartered and voting fan club – b.c.) all his life. I only have one cousin , who is a Real Madrid fan. That’s it,” says the star.

Her mission

“Besides all the titles I want to win for the national team and Barcelona, ​​I would like to change football a bit. I want to show the world that in football there is a place for everyone – for men, women, all races… For absolutely everyone. I want this to become the norm and I take it as a mission,” says Puteyas.

Two years ago, she changed her number in the Spanish national team from 11 to 14, because of her childhood friend Virginia Torresilla, who was then diagnosed with a brain tumor. Puteyas took her number to “keep” until Virginia returned to football. “I will take care of him until you get better, and you will have to do it as soon as possible,” she addressed Torresilla through tears.

The latter underwent surgery and returned to action in the winter of 2022 for his Atlético Madrid. In her first game after the removal of the tumor, she faced Alexia’s Barcelona directly. It was touching…

Poutejas is currently recovering from a torn cruciate knee ligament and the aim is to be fully fit in the spring of next year and play at the World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

And on the Green Continent, she will finally try to lift a trophy with the national team, which is the only thing that has eluded her so far.

The problem is that Barca’s female players have announced a boycott of La Furia, while the coach is Jorge Wilda. Puteyas is one of the captains of the team and signed the statement for the removal of the head coach. So far, however, the federation has not shown that they intend to comply with the Catalan women’s protest.


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