Barça Femení captain Alexia Putellas won the 2022 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. She received the award at the Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday.
Alexia is the first women’s player to win the award in consecutive seasons. She takes home her 4th consecutive major award in less than a year. In the last year she won the 2021 FIFA The Best and the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
Alexia Putellas led Barça Femení to a domestic Treble and the Women’s Champions League Final last season. But the Catalans couldn’t complete a perfect campaign and lost the European Cup to Lyon in Turin last May. Despite the heartbreak, Alexia was still the best player in the continent last season. Therefore, she deservedly takes home another individual honor.
Alexia is currently in the early stages of a year-long recovery from a serious knee injury suffered in June while in international duty with Spain, and is not expected to be available to play for Barça in the 2022-23 season. She will be back better than ever, however, and will undoubtedly return to world’s best player form in no time.