Alexia Putellas Segura is a professional soccer player who plays for the Spain women’s national team and Barcelona Femení.
She plays in the midfield and is considered one of the best players ever in women’s soccer. She has won five Primera División and one Women’s Champions League title with the Catalan club. For her achievements during the 2020-21 season, Putellas won Ballon d’Or Féminin in 2021.
Early Life and Youth Career
Alexia Putellas was born on 4 February 1994, a municipality in the province of Barcelona. Her Catalan roots have played a significant role in her career. She was a Barcelona fan in her childhood and would go to Nou Camp with her father to watch their games.
She started playing soccer at the age of six and enrolled with CE Sabadell youth academy in 2001. CE Sabadell, based in Catalonia, is a famous women’s soccer side and was one of the founding members of the Primera División in 1988. She moved to the Barcelona academy in 2005 but only stayed there for a year and joined local rivals Espanyol in 2006. Putellas made her senior debut with Espanyol at the age of 16 in 2010. After breaking into Espanyol’s senior side, she stayed with the club for only a single season and moved to Levante in 2011. Her stay with Levante also lasted for only one season, and she moved back to her childhood club Barcelona in 2012. She has stayed with the Catalan giants since then.
Achievements Of Alexia Putellas
Since her move to Barcelona in 2012, Alexia Putellas has won every major trophy at club level she could win. Her achievements include five Primera División titles and six Copa de la Reina trophies.
The 2020-21 season was especially remarkable for her as she helped her club win the historic treble. She scored 18 goals, third-joint highest, in the league as Barcelona comfortably won the league title. In addition, she was a key player as Barcelona Femení won their maiden Champions League title. Putellas was adjudged best midfielder in the tournament and was selected in the squad of the season.
For her exploits with Barcelona, Alexia Putellas won all major individual awards in women’s soccer in 2021. However, the most significant among those accolades was her Ballon d’Or award – considered the most important individual award in soccer. The Ballon d’Or for women’s soccer was only introduced in 2018, and this marked the first occasion when a Spanish player has won the award. For her success, she received 186 points which put her comfortably ahead of her Barcelona teammate Jennifer Hermoso who finished in the second spot with 84 points.
Besides the Ballon d’Or, Alexis also won UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, IFFHS Women’s Player of the Year, and Spain women’s national team Player of the Year, amongst other accolades during 2021.
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At the international level, Alexia Putellas won UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship with Spain in 2010 and 2011. She made her senior international debut in 2013. She has represented Spain at FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019 and Euro Championships in 2013 and 2017. However, she has failed to replicate her club-level success at the international level, partly due to Spain not being a major force in women’s soccer. In the 2019 World Cup, Spain qualified to the last-16 but lost to eventual champions, the United States. Putellas’ most significant accomplishment in international women’s soccer arguably came during the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. She was adjudged Player of the Tournament as Spain finished runners-up behind hosts the United States.
She is renowned for her leadership skills. She captained the Barcelona side for the first time in 2017. Ahead of the 2021-22 season, she was promoted as the first captain of the side. She is also one of the three captains of the Spain national side.
Currently, Alexia Putellas holds the record for most appearances for Spain’s women’s national team. Furthermore, she is fourth in the all-time appearances list for Barcelona Femení. She is also Barcelona’s second-highest all-time scorer behind her teammate and partner, Jennifer Hermoso.
Alexia Putellas Personal Life
Alexia Putellas mostly keeps quiet about her personal life, but it is believed that she is currently dating her club and country teammate Jennifer Hermoso. Both are arguably the two best players for both Barcelona and the Spain national team. Furthermore, they also occupied the top two spots in the Ballon d’Or voting. Hence, one can argue that they are currently the best two women’s soccer players. Jennifer was in Barcelona from 2013 to 2017 before she left for Paris Saint-Germain. She came back to Barcelona for a second spell in 2019 and has been there ever since.
Alexia Putellas might be a reserved person when it comes to her personal life, but she is not afraid to speak her mind about political issues. In 2019, she criticized prison sentences for Catalan freedom activists following the 2017 Independent Referendum. She has also spoken about gender equality in sports, mainly soccer.
She lost her father, Jaume, in 2012. Sometimes while entering the pitch or celebrating a goal, she points to the sky to remember her father.
She regards Barcelona legends Andrés Iniesta, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho as her idols in men’s soccer. She also idolizes former Olympique Lyonnais legend Louisa Nécib Cadamuro as her idol in women’s soccer.
Alexia Putellas has a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Pompeu Fabra University.
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