Alexia Putellas scored the only goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid over the weekend. A goal that not only put the Catalan side at the top of the Liga F table, but one that put the two-time Ballon d’Or recipient in the club’s history books.
The goal was Putellas’ 182nd for Barcelona, moving her ahead of Jennifer Hermoso as the club’s all-time women’s scorer.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to surpass my friend Jenni and it was also a privilege to play with her at the club,” Putellas said after the game.
Putellas’ role within manager Jonatan Giraldez’s system has changed from what it was seasons prior.
Early on in this season, Putellas has been deployed further forward as a false nine. While the jury is still out on whether it’s the best use of her talent, Putellas has scored three times, tying her with Caroline Graham Hansen as Barcelona’s top scorers.
Some may argue it isn’t the best use of her talents and you lose a lot of what she brings as an interior in midfield.
But with Asisat Oshoala not in her best form and Geyse Ferreira sold in the offseason to Manchester United, Barcelona lack a striker and Giraldez believes Putellas can fill that role. It’s also a way to get her, Keira Walsh, Patri Guijarro and Aitana Bonmati all on the pitch at the same time.
As far as Putellas goes, she will play wherever it’s asked of her as she wants to help the club and playing a new position will only make her a better player.
Putellas now sits alone atop the all-time goal scoring record books. She has accomplished plenty both on and off the pitch and this is yet another deserved accolade in a storied Barcelona career.