“Back to back winner”: Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas wins consecutive Ballon D’OR Feminin

Ballon d’Or 2022 was a historic event in the soccer community as the little magician Lionel Messi failed to be nominated for the men’s award. Furthermore, with changes in the judging system from considering a full calendar year to a full season, the panel has been reduced from 170 to 100 for the men, while 50 judges were available to choose the best female soccer player, making the event more interesting. 

After the departure of  Messi, Barcelona’s legacy in Ballon d’Or remained untouched as Barcelona’s women’s soccer team captain Alexia Putellas was named the Ballon d’Or best female soccer player in 2022.

This is the second time the current women’s Spanish national soccer team captain has been awarded the trophy, which is largely the reward for last season’s Barcelona’s unbeaten journey in which she contributed 18 goals while winning La Liga, Spanish Cup, and Super Cup but losing the UEFA Women’s Champions League against Lyon with Barcelona.

In her trophy acceptance speech, Putellas thanked her coaches and teammates and stated that last year’s Ballon d’Or kept her motivated to perform better this season.

“I’m very happy to be back here. Winning last year pushed me to want to be even better. Without my teammates, this wouldn’t have been possible. I want to thank the coaches and technical staff who help me to improve every day.”

Not only Putallas but also Gavi retained Barca’s legacy by winning the Kopa award for best men’s soccer player under 21, which was last year grabbed by Pedri of Barcelona. This year’s Men’s Ballon d’Or was awarded to the Real Madrid striker Karim Mustafa Benzema, while Thibaut Courtois was named the Yashin trophy as the current best goalkeeper and Manchester City claimed the best soccer club trophy. 

Ballon d’Or 2022 Top 10 Women’s Rankings

  1. Alexia Putellas (Barcelona / Spain, midfielder)
  2. Beth Mead (Arsenal / England, forward)
  3. Sam Kerr (Chelsea / Australia, forward)
  4. Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg / Germany, midfielder)
  5. Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona / Spain, midfielder)
  6. Alex Popp (Wolfsburg / Germany, forward)
  7. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon /Norway, forward)
  8. Wendie Renard (Lyon / France, defender)
  9. Catarina Macario (Lyon / United States, midfielder)
  10. Lucy Bronze (Barcelona / England, defender)

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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