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Alexia Putellas named world’s No.1 female soccer player – JWS

ESPN has released its list of 50 best female soccer players Monday, with Barcelona star Alexia Putellas at the top of the annual ranking.

Twenty-six soccer minds, including USWNT manager Vlatko Andonovski and former USWNT captain Julie Foudy, were asked to weigh in on the top performers of the 2021-22 season.

Putellas’ top spot comes as no surprise, with the 28-year-old also picking up Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year honours. Scoring 18 in league competition and 11 in the Champions League, Putellas helped his club achieve a near-perfect season before Barca fell to Lyon in the Champions League final.

Barcelona, ​​with help from Putellas, have changed the face of women’s football this year, twice breaking attendance records for the sport at Camp Nou.

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr steps behind Putellas at No. 2 on the list in recognition of her Golden-Boot winning performance in the Women’s Super League. Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema, who became the first player to be involved in 100 WSL goals, completes the top of the standings at No.3.

Kerr and Miedema also finished second and third last year, but they came in behind Sam Mewis. The USWNT and Kansas City Current midfielder, who suffers from a lingering knee injury, is No. 37 this season.

The first USWNT player to make the 2022 roster is Catarina Macario, who is ranked No. 6 after a sensational campaign with Lyon. The NWSL isn’t represented on the list until No. 19, OL Reign’s Rose Lavelle sneaking into the top 20 players.

Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Trinity Rodman, Lindsey Horan and Debinha are the other NWSL athletes included in the list.