Matildas' Kerr edged for maiden Ballon d'Or

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Alexia Putellas won the women's Ballon d'Or grant for the archetypal clip connected Monday aft an outstanding play with Barcelona and Spain.

The 27-year-old midfielder helped Barca triumph the treble and scored 26 goals successful 42 games overall. She netted successful the Champions League last against Chelsea, and successful August she was named UEFA women's subordinate of the year.

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Chelsea and Australia striker Sam Kerr placed 3rd successful the voting aft 21 goals successful the English Women's Super League and past six for Australia astatine the Tokyo Games. Kerr has maintained her fantabulous signifier with 13 goals successful 12 games this season.

"I'm precise emotional, it's a precise peculiar moment," she said astatine the Paris ceremonial done a translator. "I would similar to commencement by thanking each my teammates, particularly my existent (Barcelona) teammates. For maine it's a corporate success."

The lone erstwhile women's grant winners are Norway striker Ada Hegerberg successful 2018, and U.S. guardant Megan Rapinoe successful 2019. The 2020 awards were cancelled due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season.

Putellas finished up of nine and state teammate Jenni Hermoso, who netted 31 goals to apical the Spanish archetypal part scoring charts for a 3rd consecutive season. Hermoso was joint-top scorer successful the Champions League with Chelsea's Fran Kirby connected six goals.

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