The final results of the GOAL50 2022 women’s soccer player edition, which was hosted by the global edition of this media (Goal.com) and selected through a vote of fans, were released. Korea’s pride ‘Jimesh’ Ji So-yeon (31, Suwon FC Women) was also named.
GOAL50 is an annual event that selects the 50 best soccer players in the world over the past year, and is ranked in order of the most fan favorites. The voting method repeats a player-to-player matchup several times. In fact, after a total of 2,450 matchups were made, 50 finalists were selected. Among them, the top 5 players and Ji So-yeon, as well as East Asian players, were highlighted.
1st place Alexia Putyas (28, Spain, Barcelona, midfielder)
Putyas’ performance is summarized as one ‘Ballon d’Or Winner’. She is the first FIFA (International Football Federation) women’s soccer player to win the award two years in a row. If she hadn’t suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear injury ahead of the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022, Spain would have definitely been able to challenge for the championship. She was crowned the GOAL50 winner for the second year in a row while boasting overwhelming dignity within the world of women’s soccer.
2nd place Itana Bonmati (24, Spain, Barcelona, midfielder)
Bonmati performed brilliantly at the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022, and was named the official best team of the tournament. Not only that, but she was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or. She is showing off her outstanding skills in every game in Barcelona (Spain). She is evaluated as a player with a more promising future.
3rd place Alex Morgan (27, San Diego Wave, USA, striker)
Morgan failed to make it to the GOAL50 last year, but made a splendid comeback by ranking in the top 3 this year. Despite looking at his mid-30s, he proved his worth again by winning the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) top scorer (15 goals) in the 2022 season.
4th place Beth Mead (27, Arsenal, England, striker)
Meade came second in the Ballon d’Or and was selected as the female soccer player of the year by British public broadcaster ‘BBC’. She was as dazzling as her performance. In the 2021-2022 season, she won the assist king (8) in the WSL (Women’s Super League), and also swept the top scorer (6 goals) and best player (MVP) at the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022.스포츠토토
5th place Fridorina Rolpo (29, Barcelona, Sweden, striker)
Rolpo, who moved to Barcelona in June of last year, contributed to the championship by scoring 9 goals in Liga F (Primera Division Femenina) in the 2021-2022 season. In the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022, she performed well, including one goal. However, as Sweden lost 0-4 to England, they failed to cross the threshold of the semi-finals.
Ji So-yeon (31, Suwon FC, South Korea, midfielder)
Ji So-yeon contributed to Chelsea (England) achieving the WSL and FA (England Football Association) Women’s Cup double in the 2021-2022 season. In particular, he recorded 5 assists in WSL. In the 2022 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Women’s Asian Cup, he was also a key player in Korea this year, leading to the final.
48th place Riko Ueki (23, Verdi Belleza, Japan, striker)
Ueki led Japan in advancing to the semifinals by scoring five goals in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. At Verdi Belleza (Japan), he has been playing an active role by posting 21 goals and 29 assists in 60 games in all competitions so far.
50th Wang Shuang (27, Racing Louisville, China Midfielder)
Wang Shuang lifted the championship cup in the Chinese WSL in 2020 and 2021, and is playing on the NWSL stage while transferring to Racing Louisville (USA) in August of this year. He helped China win the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with five goals.