A 5-year-old had a remarkably successful year, contributing to her club’s triumph in the Spanish top division and the Champions League, and helping her national team secure the World Cup during the summe como informa la BBC.
In August, she also received the prestigious title of UEFA Player of the Year.
England’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps, achieved a fifth-place finish, while her teammate, Rachel Daly, secured the 10th position.
Among the nominees were fellow Lionesses Millie Bright and Georgia Stanway.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr from Australia claimed the second spot, followed by Salma Paralluelo, a teenager from Barcelona and Spain, in third place, and Fridolina Rolfo from Barcelona and Sweden finishing fourth.
Aitana Bonmati expressed her pride in winning the Ballon d’Or and acknowledged the collective nature of football by dedicating the award to her teammates and staff. She also extended congratulations to the other nominees, emphasizing their excellence as footballers.
In her closing remarks, delivered in English, she stressed the responsibility of athletes as role models both on and off the field, advocating for a better, more peaceful, and equitable world.
The victory of Spain’s national team in the World Cup was marred by controversy, stemming from the Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales kissing Jenni Hermoso after the final, which Hermoso claimed was non-consensual.
Aitana Bonmati contributed three goals to Spain’s World Cup victory in Australia and New Zealand, which culminated in a win against England in the final.
With four league titles and two Champions League wins under her belt, she has established herself as a dominant force in women’s football.
This edition marked the fifth Women’s Ballon d’Or, with her Spain and Barcelona teammate, Alexia Putellas, having won the previous two.”