|Alexia Putellas Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||February 4, 1994|
Alexia Putellas is a Spanish professional soccer player who is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of her era and one of the greatest of all time. She won the Ballon d’Or Féminin title in both 2021 and 2022. The honor has been presented annually, since 2018, by France Football (a highly reputed French weekly soccer magazine) to the player deemed to have performed the best over the previous season. Alexia became the first Spanish player to win this honor (in 2021), and the first player to have won the honor twice (in 2022). In 2021, she won the ‘The Best FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Women’s Player’ award, presented annually, since 2016, to honor the player deemed to have performed the best over the previous calendar year. She became the first Spanish player to win this honor. In both 2021 and 2022, she was named the ‘Women’s Player of the Year’ as well as the ‘Women’s Playmaker of the Year’ by the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics), an organization that chronicles soccer history and records. Alexia is the first Spanish player to have won both those awards (in 2021), the first player to have the former award twice (in 2022), and the 2nd player to have won the latter award twice (in 2022). She also won the ‘UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Women’s Player of the Year’ award for her performances in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. The award has been presented annually, since 2013, to the best female soccer player plying her trade for a soccer club in Europe during the previous season. Alexia became the first Spanish player to win this honor (2020-21), and just the 2nd player to have won the honor twice (2021-22).
Alexia Putellas Segura
La Reina (The Queen)
Mollet del Vallès, Vallès Oriental, Catalonia, Spain
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Alexia, in 2013, after her high school graduation, began studying business administration and management at Pompeu Fabra University, a public university in Barcelona. She had decided to undertake this degree due to a lack of professionalism in Spanish women’s soccer at that time and the resultant uncertainty about whether she could secure a strong career for herself in the sport. However, as her soccer career began to flourish in the mid-2010s, she took a break from her studies.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Jaume Putellas Rota (d. 2012)
- Mother – Elisabet ‘Eli’ Segura Sabaté
- Siblings – Alba Putellas Segura (Younger Sister)
- 12, 11, 14 – Spain
- 11 – FC Barcelona Femení
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Spanish descent.
She often tends to dye her hair blonde.
- Toned Physique
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
- Has multiple tattoos all over her body including various Latin phrases (prominently ‘Labor Omnia Vincit’ (translates to ‘Hard Work Conquers All’)); a Hand of Fatima; an Eye of Horus; a Panot (a tile with a flower inside; a symbol of the city of Barcelona) with ‘Made in’ written above it; a soccer ball; the number 112 (combining her first Spain shirt number (12) with her iconic shirt number for FC Barcelona Femení and Spain (11)); and a silhouette of her father holding her as an infant and handing her a soccer ball
She has been sponsored by –
- Nike, Inc. (American multinational footwear, apparel, and sports equipment brand)
- Cupra Racing (Motorsport subsidiary of the Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT S.A.)
- Allianz SE (German financial company involved primarily in the insurance sector)
- Visa Inc. (American corporation that facilitates electronic funds transfers globally)
Alexia Putellas Facts
- Alexia started her youth career in 2001 when, as a 7-year-old, she joined CE Sabadell Femení, the women’s team of CE Sabadell FC, a soccer team based in Sabadell, a city in the province of Barcelona.
- In 2005, she joined the youth system of FC Barcelona Femení, the women’s soccer section of Spanish giants FC Barcelona. She had been a supporter of the club since her early childhood and would often travel with her father to watch matches at Camp Nou (the home stadium (since 1957) of FC Barcelona).
- Unfortunately, in 2006, Alexia had to leave her dream club when their women’s system was restructured and there was no team for her age group. That year, she joined the youth academy of RCD Espanyol Femení, the women’s soccer section of the top-flight Spanish soccer club RCD Espanyol. Her senior career started in 2010 when she was promoted to the first team of RCD Espanyol Femení.
- At the senior domestic level, she has represented, as a midfielder, RCD Espanyol Femení (2010-2011), Levante UD Femenino (2011-2012), and FC Barcelona Femení (2012-Present) in Spain. As of December 2022, she was FC Barcelona Femení‘s 2nd-highest all-time goalscorer.
- With RCD Espanyol Femení, Alexia won the Copa de la Reina (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition for women in Spain) in 2010. It was the club’s 5th such title and made it the then 3rd-most successful team in the competition.
- With FC Barcelona Femení, she won the Primera División (the top tier competition for women in the Spanish soccer league system) title in the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 seasons and the Copa de la Reina in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022. FC Barcelona Femení‘s 2021-22 Primera División title was its record-extending 7th such title while its 2022 Copa de la Reina triumph was its record-extending 9th such title. Alexia was named Primera División‘s ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable player) in the 2019-20 season.
- With the club, she also won the Supercopa de España in the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons. The tournament was started in 1997 and until 2000, 4 editions were played with the trophy being decided via a one-off match between the winners of the Primera División and the Copa de la Reina. It was revived in the 2019-20 season as a 4-team straight knockout event contested by the winners and the runners-up of the Copa de la Reina and the remaining 2 highest-ranked teams in the Primera División. FC Barcelona Femení‘s 2021-22 Supercopa de España title was its 2nd such and made it the joint-most successful team in the competition.
- With FC Barcelona Femení, Alexia won the UEFA Women’s Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer for women) title in the 2020-21 season, the club’s 1st such victory. With the club, she also reached the final of the tournament in the 2018-19 and 2021-22 seasons. She was named in the tournament’s ‘Squad of the Season’ in all 3 of the aforementioned seasons. She was also named the tournament’s ‘Player of the Season’ in the 2021-22 season and the tournament’s ‘Midfielder of the Season’ in the 2020-21 season.
- With the club, she also won the Copa Catalunya Femenina (a knockout competition for women’s soccer clubs in Catalonia (an autonomous community of Spain)) in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The 2019 title was the club’s record-extending 10th such.
- For her performances in the 2020-21 season, Alexia won the ‘Trofeo Aldo Rovira’. It is presented by FC Barcelona to its best player of the season and is decided by a jury composed of the club’s board of directors and members of the Catalan media. The award was created in 2010 and was presented to male players. 2021 was the first year that the trophy began to be presented to both male and female players.
- She had finished the 2020-21 season as the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe, with 26 goals across all competitions.
- In September 2021, she scored one of the fastest-ever hat tricks (the feat of scoring 3 goals, not necessarily consecutive, in a match) in history. She netted those 3 goals in just 4 minutes.
- In April 2022, Alexia scored 2 goals in FC Barcelona Femení‘s 5-1 UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final win over VfL Wolfsburg. The match, hosted at Camp Nou, broke the world record for attendance (91,648 people) at a women’s soccer match.
- The 2021-22 season was the first time in her career that she had scored more than 30 goals in a single season. Like the previous season, Alexia was the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe, with 34 goals across all competitions.
- In July 2022, she suffered an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury while training, and her post-surgery recovery period was estimated to be between 10 and 12 months. This meant that she would miss most of the 2022-23 season.
- At the international level, Alexia represented Spain at the under-17 and under-19 tiers before making her senior national debut in June 2013. As of December 2022, she held the record for the most senior-level international appearances (100) for Spain by a female player.
- Internationally, besides Spain, she represented Catalonia at the under-14 and under-16 tiers before making her senior debut for the team in 2014 (3 senior-level appearances, as of December 2022). The Catalonia women’s national soccer team is neither affiliated with FIFA (the international governing body of soccer, beach soccer, and futsal) nor UEFA (the corresponding governing body in Europe). Hence, the team is only allowed to play friendly matches.
- With Spain, Alexia won the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship in both 2010 and 2011. These were the country’s first 2 such titles and made it the then 2nd-most successful team in the competition. In the 2011 edition of the tournament, she scored 2 goals in Spain’s 4-0 win over Iceland in the semi-final.
- At the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, she scored a goal in Spain’s 4-1 win over Japan in the team’s opening match of the group stage. She then assisted both of Spain’s goals in a 2-1 win against Brazil in the quarter-final. Alexia also assisted the match-opening goal in Spain’s eventual 2-1 defeat to South Korea in the semi-final. Spain finished the tournament in 3rd place by defeating North Korea by a 1-0 margin in the third-place playoff match.
- At the 2012 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship, she captained the Spanish team and scored a goal in Spain’s 2nd match of the group stage, a 4-0 win against England. In the semi-final of the tournament, against Portugal, she assisted the game-winning goal. Spain lost the final to Sweden in the 2nd period of extra time. Alexia later stated in an interview that although the tournament took place less than a month after her father’s death, she participated because playing soccer was her way to cope with the trauma.
- In Spain’s opening match of the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship (the 11th edition of the international women’s soccer championship of Europe), against England, she scored the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match.
- It was the first senior-level international goal of her career for Spain and gave the team 3 vital points which proved decisive in the team’s qualification for the knockout phase of the tournament. It was also Spain’s first win in the tournament in 16 years and their first senior-level win against England in 17 years. Spain was eliminated by Norway in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
- With Spain, Alexia won the Algarve Cup in 2017 and the Cyprus Cup in 2018. These were the first instances of Spain winning both of these renowned global invitational tournaments.
- At the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, both her and Spain’s second appearance in the tournament, she played in each of Spain’s 3 group-stage games. In the pre-quarter-final stage, Spain put up an impressive display in a 1-2 defeat against the United States, the eventual champions of the tournament.
- Alexia was named the ‘MVP’ of the 2020 edition of the SheBelieves Cup where Spain finished as the runner-up. She scored 2 of Spain’s 4 goals in the tournament and was the tournament’s joint top-scorer. It was the 5th edition of the annual 4-team invitational tournament and the first time that Spain had participated.
- In May 2020, after her Spain teammate and close friend Virginia Torrecilla was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Alexia began wearing Virginia’s number 14 shirt with the Spanish national team. Alexia had vowed that she would not retire the number until Virginia returns to the national team. Virginia overcame her illness, returned to training in March 2021, and returned to competitive action (in a domestic match) in January 2022.
- Alexia won the ‘Globe Soccer Women’s Player of the Year’ award in both 2021 and 2022. The Globe Soccer Awards first took place in 2010 but the ‘Globe Soccer Women’s Player of the Year’ award was presented for the 1st time only in 2019 and was not given out in 2020.
- After she won the award in 2021, Alexia’s image was displayed on the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) in Dubai. It was the first time that a woman’s image had been displayed on the outer surface of the building. The Globe Soccer Awards ceremony is held in Dubai and is organized by the ECA (European Club Association, a body representing the interests of professional soccer clubs that are members of the UEFA) in conjunction with the EFAA (European Association of Players’ Agents).
- In November 2021, she was named the Spanish women’s national team’s ‘Player of the Year’. In 2021, Alexia also became the first player in history to have won the Ballon d’Or Féminin, ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Player’ award, and the ‘UEFA Women’s Player of the Year’ award in the same year.
- In 2022, she won both the Ballon d’Or Féminin and the ‘UEFA Women’s Player of the Year’ award for a 2nd consecutive year. No player had previously won either award in successive years.
- Alexia was given an overall rating of 92, the highest for any player (including men) in FIFA 23. The game is the 30th installment in the FIFA series of video games, the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world.
- She owns a pet dog, a Pomeranian named Nala.
Featured Image by Alexia Putellas / Instagram