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How Bonmati became the world’s best

On Monday 30th October, Spain and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati won her first-ever Women’s Ballon d’Or. The 25-year-old had a remarkable season both domestically and internationally, so here’s the story of how she became the world’s best.

Barcelona as a team this season were incredible, they won the league and the UEFA Women’s Champions League in June. Bonmati was a crucial player in both the league and Champions League.

 

In the league last season she scored 9 goals and grabbed 10 assists in 23 games which from a midfielder is impressive. In the Champions League, she showed her class as in the 11 games she played, she scored 5 goals and all round just played some incredible football.

 

Her exceptional talent was also recognized back in August as she was awarded the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.

 

 

International triumph

Aside from Barcelona, Bonmati also had an incredible season with Spain as she helped her nation win the Women’s World Cup in August for the very first time in their history.

 

Before the tournament began, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the then-Spanish head coach Jorge Vilda, many players refused to play under his management however, with the way Spain played on the pitch especially Bonmati you wouldn’t have thought there was a lot wrong.

 

The 25-year-old played in all seven of Spain's matches at the World Cup, she scored a total of 3 goals and grabbed 2 assists. These stats saw her achieve the Adidas Golden Boot award i.e. be crowned player of the tournament as she was exceptional in the heart of that Spanish midfield.

 

Upon achieving the Women’s Ballon d’Or Bonmati said: “I'm very proud to win the Ballon d'Or, football is a collective sport so I'd like to extend this prize to my teammates and staff.”

 

The midfielder also congratulated all her fellow nominees for the award which included England stars Mary Earps, Rachel Daly, Millie Bright, and Georgia Stanway.

 

Her closing statement in English was: "As role models, we have a responsibility on and off the pitch. We should be more than athletes and keep leading by example and fighting together for a better, peaceful, and equal world."

 

Without watching Bonmati in the heart of Barcelona’s and Spain's midfield you wouldn’t know how exceptional she is, her ability to pick out a pass, play a teammate through on goal, find spaces that no one else can, and of course score a goal or two makes her the best. Which is why she is a deserved winner of the Ballon d’Or this year.

 

The midfielder has also now been nominated for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2023, we will have to wait until Tuesday 28th November to find out if she is the winner. I think she will win this and deservedly so.

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