Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas has received the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.Putellas, who lifted the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy in May as Barcelona captain, completed forward of club-mates Jenni Hermoso, additionally a Spain participant, and Lieke Martens, the 2016/17 winner, in the voting, performed by a panel of main coaches and journalists. The consequence was introduced throughout the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Istanbul.

The 27-year-old, the first participant from both Barcelona or Spain to assert the award, was additionally named UEFA Women’s Champions League Midfielder of the Season.In a video-recorded message, Putellas mentioned: “I’m very pleased to obtain the UEFA Player of the Year Award. Firstly, I wish to thank my teammates and the entire workforce who made it potential for us to have such a profitable season.“I might additionally like to say the relaxation of the nominees, notably Lieke and Jenni, with whom I’m sharing this podium. At the finish of the day, it’s the complete workforce, the complete membership which has received this [award]. It is such an achievement that so many Barça gamers are nominated for these awards.“I’d additionally wish to thank the followers for all of the love they’ve proven me. Let’s go for extra! Thank you very a lot.”The prime ten1 Alexia Putellas (Barcelona & Spain) – 50 points2 Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona & Spain) – 42 points3 Lieke Martens (Barcelona & Netherlands) – 40 points4 Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal & Netherlands) – 32 points5 Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona & Spain) – 29 points6 Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona & Norway) – 28 points7 Sam Kerr (Chelsea & Australia) – 18 factors= Fran Kirby (Chelsea & England/Great Britain) – 18 points9 Pernille Harder (Chelsea & Denmark) – 17 points10 Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-German & Spain, now Barcelona) – 11 pointsWhy did Alexia Putellas win the award?The engine in Barça’s midfield, whether or not on the left, as a playmaker or requested to be a marauding ahead. The workforce’s chief, she scored a penalty to make it 2-0 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League remaining towards Chelsea and arrange the third in the 4-0 win in Gothenburg regardless of having been an harm doubt. She was named in the Squad of the Season for a second time in three years.A Barcelona fan as a lady and previously in the academy, she signed for the membership in 2012 and this January netted the first aggressive aim by a lady at Camp Nou in a win towards previous membership Espanyol. She additionally struck twice in the Copa de la Reina remaining. In April, Putellas joined Irene Paredes and Hermoso in Spain’s captaincy group as she helped them to UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualification. She can be closing in on Marta Torrejón’s Spain file of 90 caps.

2021 remaining highlights: Chelsea 0-4 BarcelonaIt is the first time Putellas has completed in the prime ten of the voting. The solely Barcelona participant earlier than this 12 months to make the prime ten was Martens however for 2020/21 they’ve stuffed 5 of the first six locations. The solely Spanish participant to achieve the prime ten previous to this season was Verónica Boquete in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.Roll of honour2020/21 – Alexia Putellas (Barcelona & Spain)2019/20 ─ Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg & Denmark)2018/19 ─ Lucy Bronze (Lyon & England)2017/18 ─ Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg & Denmark)2016/17 ─ Lieke Martens (Rosengård & Netherlands)2015/16 ─ Ada Hegerberg (Lyon & Norway)2014/15─ Célia Šašić (FFC Frankfurt & Germany)2013/14 ─ Nadine Kessler (Wolfsburg & Germany)2012/13 ─ Nadine Angerer (FFC Frankfurt & Germany)How the award worksThe UEFA Women’s Player of the Year prize recognises the greatest gamers, irrespective of nationality, who performed for a membership inside the territory of a UEFA member affiliation throughout the previous season. Players are judged on performances in all membership and national-team competitions.The jury comprised the coaches of the golf equipment that participated in the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League spherical of 16 and 20 journalists specialising in girls’s soccer and chosen by the ESM group. Jury members selected their prime three gamers, with the first receiving 5 factors, the second three and the third one. The coaches weren’t allowed to vote for gamers from their very own groups.The different awardsUEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Jorginho (Chelsea & Italy)UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year: Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea)UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year: Lluís Cortés (Barcelona)UEFA Women’s Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: Sandra Paños (Barcelona)UEFA Women’s Champions League Defender of the Season: Irene Paredes (Barcelona)UEFA Women’s Champions League Midfielder of the Season: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)UEFA Women’s Champions League Forward of the Season: Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona)UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season: Rúben Dias (Man. City)UEFA Champions League Men’s Midfielder of the Season: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)UEFA Champions League Men’s Forward of the Season: Erling Haaland (Dortmund)UEFA President’s Award: Danish medical workforce, Simon Kjær–women-s-player-of-the-year-alexia-putellas/

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