Putellas has been a key member of the Barcelona team since coming from Levante in 2012, making over 350 games in all competitions.
The 27-year-best old’s season ever came in 2020-21, when she guided the team to a triple, and she has now been honored with the game’s most coveted individual accolade.
Last season, Putellas scored 37 goals and had 27 assists as Barca won the Primera Iberdrola, Copa de la Reina, and Women’s Champions League.
Three of the Spaniard’s goals came in finals, including a penalty in Real Madrid’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Chelsea.
Aside from her club achievements, Putellas became the most capped player in the history of the Spanish women’s national team earlier this year, surpassing Marta Torrejon with 92 caps.
Putellas took first place in the Ballon d’Or voting, ahead of Chelsea striker Sam Kerr and her Barcelona teammate Jennifer Hermoso.
Kadidiatou Diani and Marie-Antoinette Katoto of Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, were the only non-Barcelona or Chelsea players to make the top ten.
Putellas is the fourth woman to receive the honor, following in the footsteps of Megan Rapinoe, the 2019 winner and a United States women’s international.