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AAnalysis by our women’s football reporter Tom Garry.

“Historically, individual women’s football global awards have tended to go to a somewhat surprising winner, with voters often accused of simply picking the most famous player over the most deserving winner, as the lack of TV coverage club matches hampered the exposure of the most talented stars.

This is not the case, in 2021, as Spain’s Alexia Putellas rightly takes the honors after a year in which she has blown the competition away.

A complete midfielder, the 27-year-old is the linchpin of a Barcelona midfielder who keeps the ball with dazzling ease and she has been instrumental as the Catalan giants have won a treble of top honors this season. last, including their first title in the Women’s Champions League. She was at times unplayable during Chelsea’s 4-0 hammering in May in the European final in Gothenburg, Sweden, as the Spanish team led 4-0 at halftime with a devastating display of technical ability, control close up, rhythm and movement.

In a three-way midfielder alongside Aitana Bonmati and Patricia Guijarro for club and country, Putellas keeps the ball with infallible ease, and the trio exemplified their brilliance in a 4-1 win over Arsenal in October, when Putellas scored the second goal.

Although not a striker, Putellas has scored 39 times in 57 appearances during this calendar year, and she was one of five Barcelona players named in the top 20 of the Women’s Ballon d’Or, while they seek to become the dominant club in women’s football. for the foreseeable future.

England fans can expect to see Putellas on those shores next summer, with Spain among the favorites for Women’s Euro 2022. They were drawn in a tough Group B alongside Germany, Denmark and Finland, and will play in their group stage. games in Milton Keynes Dons and Brentford stadiums. “