Barcelona Femeni sweeps IFFHS awards

Aitana Bonmati and Salma Paralluelo celebrate after winning the World Cup with Spain
PHOTO | X: Aitana Bonmati and Salma Paralluelo celebrate after winning the World Cup with Spain

The world of sports always approaches the end of a calendar year with various events to show acknowledgement and recognition to the participants. In football, there are a few such prestigious awards, including the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Best Awards. One of such important events is the IFFHS Awards, for which Barcelona Femeni has claimed three awards in the female category for the year 2023.

Aitana Bonmati won the award for the Women’s World Best Player, becoming the third woman in history to achieve this amazing feat. The Spanish midfielder won the Liga F, the Super Copa de Espana, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Barcelona, and then proceeded to lift the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy with the Spanish national team.

Her incredible performances saw her named Player of the Tournament and Most Valuable Player in the Champions League and the World Cup, respectively. The Barcelona star was already named the UEFA Best Women’s Player earlier this year before winning the Ballon d’Or in October. She is also the favorite to win the Best Women’s Player award at the FIFA Best Awards after making the final nomination list.

Salma Paralluelo also won the IFFHS Women’s World Best Youth Player (U20) and came second to teammate Aitana Bonmati in the rankings for the Women’s World Best Player. The young forward had a remarkable year, lifting three trophies with Barcelona and firing the Spanish national team to victory at the World Cup. She was named the Best Young Player at the Women’s World Cup.

The Spanish forward, who recently clocked 20 in November, claimed the award ahead of Colombian and Real Madrid youngster Linda Caicedo. Young Barcelona Femeni players like Vicky Lopez, Guilia Dragoni, and Esmee Brugts also made it to the top 10 of the list.

To wrap it all up, head coach Jonatan Giraldez claimed the award for Women’s World Best Club Coach. Giraldez’s achievements, leading Barcelona to two domestic titles and a historic second European title, won him the award ahead of Olympique Lyon’s coach, Sonia Bompastor.

Jonatan Giraldez, who has officially announced his departure from FC Barcelona Femeni at the end of the summer, is the second Barcelona coach to win the award, with the first being Lluis Cortes in 2021.

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