Aitana Bonmati, a standout player for Barcelona and the Spanish national team, was honored with the 2023 Ballon d’Or Feminin prize. She received the award in Paris and, in her acceptance speech, emphasized that all the nominees were role models with responsibilities both on and off the field.
This 25-year-old Spanish athlete had a remarkable season, winning the World Cup, La Liga Feminin, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
She netted 19 goals for her club last season and played a crucial role in her country’s triumph over England in the tournament final in Australia. Last night in Paris, she graciously accepted the Ballon d’Or, expressing her pride and recognizing the teamwork that made it possible.
In her speech, she emphasized that football is a collective effort, extending her gratitude to her teammates, staff, and all involved at Barcelona, as well as her international teammates. She acknowledged the support of Joan Laporta and her family in her success.
Furthermore, she encouraged the other nominees to realize their influence on society, emphasizing the importance of being role models both on and off the pitch.
She commended Vinicius Jr. for his social activism and charity work, particularly in the face of racial discrimination in Spain.