In the illustrious surroundings of Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Ballon d’Or gala shimmered in gold. But it was also painted in the vibrant hues of FC Barcelona.
This year’s edition marked a resounding victory for the Catalan giants. Two of its football gems, Aitana Bonmatí and the incomparable Lionel Messi, will win the awards. Both products of La Masia. These triumphs echo the club’s enduring legacy of nurturing exceptional talent
A Blazing Presence:
Barcelona’s influence was palpable at the Ballon d’Or ceremony, with an impressive contingent of nominees.
A total of seven Barcelona players, including Aitana Bonmatí, Fridolina Rolfö, Salma Paralluelo, Mapi León, Patri Guijarro, and Asisat Oshoala in the women’s category, alongside Ilkay Gündogan in the men’s category, graced the event.
Additionally, Ter Stegen was a contender for the Yashin Trophy, while Alejandro Balde represented the club for the Kopa Trophy. The Barcelona women’s team, a powerhouse in its own right, was nominated for the Best Women’s Team of the 2022-2023 season, underscoring the club’s dominance.
Aitana Bonmatí: A Clear Winner:
Aitana Bonmatí’s Ballon d’Or victory was not just an accolade; it was a testament to her exceptional achievements. Her triumph was undebatable, marked by her stellar performances in Barcelona’s triumphant run in the Liga, Supercopa, and Champions League, coupled with her World Cup victory with the Spanish national team. She not only clinched these titles but also earned the titles of Most Valuable Player (MVP) in both the domestic and international arenas. Aitana Bonmatí’s award adds another golden chapter to Barcelona’s remarkable legacy, following in the footsteps of the remarkable Alexia Putellas, the only woman to have won the trophy twice consecutively and the first Spanish woman to claim this honor.
A Path to Success:
This resounding triumph at the Ballon d’Or gala reaffirms FC Barcelona’s commitment to nurturing talent, especially in the women’s football arena. With two distinguished players and a substantial representation of the club in the nominee list, Barcelona’s dedication to women’s football is vividly evident. As the club continues its journey, these victories serve as guiding stars, illuminating the path toward excellence and cementing Barcelona’s legacy as a powerhouse in world football.