Alexia Putellas wins the Ballon d'Or Feminin 2022
Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas has lifted the Ballon d'Or Feminin 2022, retaining her title as the best female footballer on the planet
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
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.
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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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
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