Why did Aitana Bonmatí win the Ballon d’Or?

Bonmati was key in Barcelona’s season and the Spanish National Team’s world title

At the age of 25, Aitana Bonmatí became the fourth winner of the Ballon d’Or. During 2023 she won all the titles she competed in, being a figure in each of them, which earned her the highest individual award. This is the review of her achievements during the year:

Key piece in the Spanish World Champion Team

Spain beat England in the final and was crowned in the World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Aitana Bonmatí was one of the most outstanding players of the competition and was recognized with the World Cup Golden Ball.

She was the player with the most goals (3) and the most assists (2) for La Roja during the World Cup, in addition to standing out as the player who had the most attempts in front of goal (20). Those numbers and her performance in the Spanish midfield gave her recognition as the best in the tournament.

He won everything in 2023

Added to the World Cup with Spain and the Ballon d’Or won in Australia and New Zealand, Aitana won three other titles with FC Barcelona. Just at the beginning of the year, the Catalan won her first trophy of 2023 by winning the Spanish Super Cup. The Blaugranas defeated 3-0 Real society with a double from Bonmatí, goals with which she became the top scorer in the competition.

In April a new League F trophy arrived, this time with a record for the institution. Barcelona was crowned three days in advance and without losing a single game all season. In addition, they became the only team in Spain that has managed to win the league four times in a row and have already accumulated eight in their history.

The culés finished the season with their second Champions League as a finishing touch, they came back from a 0-2 defeat against Wolfsburg to win the final 3-2 in Eindhoven. Aitana Bonmatí had memorable performances during the tournament, in addition to the 5 goals and 8 assists, she was also named Player of the Match five times. Thanks to those numbers she was recognized as the 2022-23 UWCL MVP.

His record in 2023 is summarized in: League F, Spanish Super Cup and Champions League with Barcelona. World Cup with Spain and, in addition to the Ballon d’Or, several individual distinctions such as: Top scorer of the Spanish Super Cup, MVP of the Champions League, part of the UWCL ideal team, Ballon d’Or of the World Cup and UEFA award for best player of the year.

The Ballon d’Or stays in Barcelona

Alexia Putellas won the recognition as the best soccer player in the world two years in a row and now Aitana is in charge of succeeding the Barça captain. Bonmatí is part of a new generation forged at La Masia and the prize will remain in Blaugrana territory.

In addition to joining Putellas, Aitana Bonmatí entered a select list of Barcelona footballers who have won the Ballon d’Or: Luis Suarez (1960), Johan Cruyff (1973 and 1974), Hristo Stoichkov (1994), Rivaldo (1999), Ronaldinho (2005), Leo Messi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2023).

In 2010 La Masia became the first academy to have three finalists in the Ballon d’Or ceremony when Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi competed for the award

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