Messi previously won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, e 2019.
Messi beat out competition from Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who netted 53 times this calendar year, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
The Polish striker was widely expected to win last year’s award before it was canceled due to the pandemic.
For Putellas, she’s had a year that dreams are made of.
The 27-year-old was an instrumental player in Barcelona’s treble-winning season, helping the club to victories in the Champions League, the Spanish league and the Spanish Cup.
Nel 2021, in an excellent Barcelona side, Putellas has looked the standout player, contributing a remarkable 37 goals and 27 assiste.
She beat out her Barcelona teammate Jennifer Hermoso to the award; the third time it has been handed out.
It was introduced in 2018 and won by Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, while American Megan Rapinoe became the second winner the following year. Last year’s awards were canceled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The timing of this season’s awards in the middle of a women’s international break has drawn criticism, a decision making it hard for some nominees to attend.
Per esempio, Australia and Chelsea star Sam Kerr, who is in the running to be crowned the best player in the women’s game, is likely to be a notable absentee from the ceremony with the Matildas facing the US in Newcastle on Tuesday.
The lists of nominees are compiled by France Football, after which a panel of journalists from around the world vote for the winners.
Earlier in the evening, Barcelona star Pedri won the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best men’s under-21 player.
Lewandowski didn’t end the evening empty-handed though, being named the ‘striker of the year,’ a new award introduced this year.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was awarded the Yashin Trophy for the best keeper.
European champions Chelsea was named club of the year, the first team to win that trophy.