Alexia Putellas wins the Ballon d'Or Feminin 2022

Alexia Putellas wins the Ballon d'Or Feminin 2022: Alexia Putellas of FC Barcelona poses for a portrait with the La Liga, Women Champion League, Copa de la Reina, UEFA Women's Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or trophie during a UEFA Media day on March 09, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Alexia Putellas has won the Ballon d'Or Feminin 2022, making it two years in a row that she's been voted for the prize. 

This is just the fourth year that the prize has been awarded to women's players, making Putellas the first female footballer to have won multiple Ballons d'Or. Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural prize, back in 2018. 

Megan Rapinoe picked up the second women's Ballon d'Or in 2019, after winning the World Cup with the United States, with Putellas' new Barcelona team-mate Lucy Bronze claiming silver that year. Chelsea forward Pernille Harder was given the nod by FourFourTwo in 2020 when the official BdO prize was scrapped because of COVID-19. 

Ballon d'Or 2022: Alexia Putellas' year

Alexia Putellas of Spain poses for a portrait during the official UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 portrait session at on July 04, 2022 in Marlow, England.

Alexia Putellas of Spain poses for a portrait during the official Women's Euro 2022 portrait session in Marlow, England. (Image credit: Michael Regan - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Despite winning the Ballon d'Or Femenin and being the outstanding player in the women's game this calendar year, 2022 was not without its struggles for Putellas. 

The Spaniard lost the Champions League final with Barcelona, who were favourites, as Lyon ran out 3-1 winners. Putellas did captain Barça, however, and scored the consolation goal for her side. 

The 28-year-old was then ruled out of Euro 2022 on the eve of the tournament, after suffering an ACL tear of her left leg, which caused her to miss the entire tournament. It is likely she will miss the whole of this season, too. 

Alexia Putellas lifts her Ballon d'Or Feminin trophy on the pitch prior to the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on December 04, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain

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Despite this, there have been high points to her year. In July she became the first Spanish woman to reach 100 caps with the national team in a friendly match against Italy, while her league season with Barça ended with 18 goals and a league-best 15 assists – as the Blaugrana had a perfect, wins-only season to lift another title. Putellas finished as Europe's highest-scoring midfielder with 34 goals in all competitions.

The top 10 in the list is as follows:

  • 1st: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
  • 2nd: Beth Mead (Arsenal)
  • 3rd: Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • 4th: Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
  • 5th: Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
  • 6th: Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg)
  • 7th: Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
  • 8th: Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • 9th: Catarina Macario (Lyon)
  • 10th: Lucy Bronze (Manchester City)

The full list of the men's Ballon d'Or 2022 winners is here.

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