Spain and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati has been named the female Ballon d’Or winner for the first time.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful year as she helped her club triumph in the Spanish top flight and Champions League, and her country win the World Cup in the summer.
This is a dream for me. I have really good players by my side. To reach three straight Champions League finals as a club is special. Let’s hope there’s much more to come.”
“I’ve always said I’m proud to have been born on the same day as Guardiola. To be compared to Iniesta is a privilege. I admire Xavi, Busquets, Messi.
“There’s also a very touching video, from Bonmati’s friends and family. All of them speak well, but this from her father is particularly pertinent.
“I only ask for this not to overwhelm you. Please keep enjoying football, because without that, none of this really makes sense.”