Alexia Putellas named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year 2020/21

UEFA Women's Player of the year, Alexia Putellas
Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas is UEFA Women’s Player of the Year 2020/21, Barca boss Lluís Cortés won the Women’s Coach award.

The FC Barcelona captain, who lifted last season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy, obtained a total of 50 points in a special poll featuring coaches and journalists. Club-mate and Spain striker Jennifer Hermoso came second with 42 points, while another FC Barcelona and Netherlands international, Lieke Martens finished third with 40 points.

In a video-recorded message, 27-year-old Putellas said: “I am very happy to receive the UEFA Player of the Year Award. Firstly, I would like to thank my teammates and the whole team who made it possible for us to have such a successful season.

“I would also like to mention the rest of the nominees, particularly Lieke [Martens] and Jenni [Hermoso], with whom I am sharing this podium. At the end of the day, it is the entire team, the entire club which has won this [award]. It is such an achievement that so many Barça players are nominated for these awards.”

Lluís Cortés was voted UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year 2020/21.

UEFA Women's Coach of the year, Lluis Cortes
Lluis Cortes celebrating on full time during the UWCL Semi Final match. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Spanish coach, who led FC Barcelona to an impressive UEFA Women’s Champions League title last season, collected a total of 151 points in a special poll featuring coaches and journalists. Chelsea coach Emma Hayes came second with 78 points, while Sweden’s women’s national team coach Peter Gerhardsson was third with 37 points.

In a video-recorded message, 35-year-old Cortés said: “I’d like to thank UEFA and all the members of the jury who thought that I deserved this award. It is an honour and a pleasure. I’ve been working in women’s football for many years, and I am very happy to receive this recognition.
Of course, my thanks also go to FC Barcelona, from the board to the club’s staff, players, and personnel, because none of this would’ve been possible without them.”

Four players were crowned winners of the UEFA Women’s Champions League positional awards.

Sandra Paños (Spain, FC Barcelona) was crowned UEFA Women’s Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season, amassing a total of 95 points and finishing ahead of Christiane Endler (Chile, Paris Saint-Germain, now at Olympique Lyonnais), who collected 90 points, and Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany, Chelsea FC), who picked up 60 points.

Irene Paredes (Spain, FC Barcelona) was named UEFA Women’s Champions League Defender of the Season with a total of 62 points. Her teammate Mapi León (Spain, FC Barcelona) finished second with 56 points and Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden, Chelsea FC) came in third with 42 points.

Alexia Putellas (Spain, FC Barcelona) was crowned UEFA Women’s Champions League Midfielder of the Season, picking up a total of 78 points, while Aitana Bonmatí (Spain, FC Barcelona) obtained 65 points to finish second and Ji So-yun (Republic of Korea, Chelsea FC) was placed third with 15 points.

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, FC Barcelona) was named UEFA Women’s Champions League Forward of the Season, achieving a total of 70 points. Lieke Martens (Netherlands, FC Barcelona) came second with 42 points and Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway, FC Barcelona) was third with 39 points.

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