Being a team that won the historic treble last season and even continuing the same form this season, we can see that one of the strongest teams in football is not appreciated highly enough. We can even say that Barca’s women’s team is way better than the men’s team. Cricket betting can give a different experience if you are looking for a break from football betting.
During the FIFA The Best awards night, they announced the women’s FIFPRO World XI, which was taken by surprise by everyone. Not even a single player from the team that won the treble last season was in the best XI. The best XI means the players who have played well in the previous season for their team. So, that means at least four players from the Spanish club should be in the team. But not even one player was included in the XI.
One of the most puzzling parts of World XI is that Alexia Putellas, who was awarded The Best award, did not make the cut. She won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award and became the first Spaniard to win this award. In guiding them to a first Champions League title and historic treble, she scored 27 goals and provided 19 assists. At the end of last November, Alexia Putellas became the third winner of the women’s Balond’Or for an outstanding season with Barcelona and Spain. Still no place in the World XI.
There were lots of criticisms from all around the world on FIFA’s World XI. Several members of the gold medal-winning Canadian national team were shocked that not one of their players were honoured for their historic triumph at the Tokyo Games last summer.
Manchester City star Janine Beckie posted about the World 11:
“How does the player who won the Ballon d’Or & FIFA Best not make this team?
“No Canadian players, won the Olympics… No Barca players, won the champions league…
“If we’re gonna say this is the BEST 11 from 2021… that doesn’t make sense.”
But we can’t blame FIFA for this XI because the players themselves select this team. Heather O’Reilly, who won the World Cup and three Olympic gold medals with the USA, echoed the statements of the Canadian stars: “Congrats to all the very talented footballers here. This is 100 percent by the players,” she wrote. “So either exposure needs to improve, or players need to take more time and research before they jot down names without much thought into recent performance. Respect the game!”
Some players need to be appreciated and respected. We can hope that as years pass, we will see improvements. ‘The Best’ Alexia Putellas has already said that she believes women’s football will be properly respected around the world in five years.