UEFA has named Aitana Bonmatí as the 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League Player of the Season. Aitana Bonmati is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga F club Barcelona and Spain women’s national team. She is known for her passing, dribbling, and vision, and is considered to be one of the best young midfielders in the world.
Player of the Match in Barcelona’s 2021 final win against Chelsea, Bonmatí produced another thrilling performance in Saturday’s 3-2 victory in the Eindhoven decider against Wolfsburg. The 25-year-old played a key role in both of Barça’s first two goals as they rallied from 2-0 down at the break to restore parity within five minutes of the restart, including the cross for Patri Guijarro’s equalizer.
“Nobody could have imagined we would win another Champions League after coming back from being 2-0 down,” she said. “It’s a very difficult thing to do, but this team has that warrior spirit, and they didn’t give up until the 97th minute. It came down to our mental strength because recovering from 2-0 down is difficult – even more so in a final.” She said.
Bonmatí’s 2022/23 Women’s Champions League stats:
Distance covered: 53.15km
Top speed: 29.5km/h