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Best female soccer player in the world? Lieke Martens has a solid record

The Barcelona Femení’s remarkable 2021-22 season continued on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Sporting Huelva at the Johan Cruyff stadium. Dutch winger Lieke Martens has been the star of the show recently, and she topped the Primera División scoring charts with a hat trick after 73 minutes before also assisting on an Alexia Putellas goal.

Martens’ first goal was a right-footed volley in the 34th minute that was hit with too much power for Chelsea keeper Ashurst to cope with.

Then, after seeing his initial shot blocked in the 62nd, Martens quickly hit another effort inside the far post.

The 29-year-old saved her best for last: a 22-yard flare that left Ashurst rooted to the spot. That’s 15 goals in 15 league appearances for Martens.

Fridolina Rolfö made it 4-0 on a fine pass from Putellas.

Putellas scored the end of a Martens corner for the fifth and final goal.

With 17 wins in 17 matches, Barca have already opened an 11-point lead over second-placed Real Sociedad with 13 rounds remaining. The focus has probably already shifted somewhat towards the end of March, when Barcelona and Real Madrid face off in the historic Champions League quarter-final.

The first leg in Madrid will take place on Tuesday, March 22. The return leg to Barcelona is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 and it’s been confirmed for the Camp Nou – the first time Barcelona Femení will play inside the 99,354-seater stadium with fans in attendance. Tickets have recently gone on sale but have already exceeded 50,000 for El Clásico.

In other Barcelona Femení news, star winger Caroline Graham Hansen has just been awarded the Ballon d’Or as the best Norwegian player of 2021.