The Matildas star scored 40 goals and 17 assists in 2021, including six of six at the Tokyo Olympics when Tony Gustavsson’s team narrowly missed a first medal.

Putellas, 27, scored a goal, when Barca Kerrs defeated Chelsea 4-0 and thus secured their first Champions League crown.

She ended the 2020/21 season as the highest-scoring midfielder in Europe with 26 goals in all competitions and also became a UEFA player for Voted Year and Midfielder of the Year.

Barcelona teammate Jennifer Hermoso finished second, scoring 40 goals in all competitions to get a fifth golden shoe from the last six league seasons.

Putella’s victory was a more emotional one when she paid tribute to her dead father while her mother and sister were on stage.