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Alexia Putellas and Jorginho Won Uefa Player of Year Prizes
Alexia Putellas – Photo Credit: Flickr
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona won the women’s player of the year prize after captaining her side to Champions League glory. She scored in the 4-0 final win over Chelsea. The 27-year-old Spanish footballer pipped her team-mates Jenni Hermoso and Lieke Martens to the award.
“This prize was won by the whole team, the whole club. It is such an achievement that so many Barca players were nominated for the award,” said Putellas.
Chelsea and Italy midfielder, Jorge Luiz Frello Filho Cavaliere OMRI, professionally known as Jorginho, was named Uefa men’s player of the year at a ceremony in Istanbul, beating his club colleague N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City to the prize.
The 29-year-old Jorginho starred alongside Kante in the Chelsea team that won the Champions League. They defeated De Bruyne’s City in the final in Porto, and won the Euro 2020 for Italy.
A jury composed of the coaches of the 24 national teams who took part in Euro 2020, 80 coaches of the clubs which played in the group stages of last season’s Champions League and Europa League, a journalist from each of Uefa’s 55 member associations have voted for the prize.
Jorginho received 175 points, eight more than De Bruyne, with Kante third in the voting. “It’s just really surreal for me based on where I’ve come from, my background,” said the Italian-Brazilian professional footballer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel won the men’s coach of the year prize while Lluis Cortes of Barcelona won the women’s category.