Spain, equipped with Barça players, overcomes England to win Women's World Cup

Sant Pere de Ribes native Aitana Bonmatí named tournament's best player

Fans watching the World Cup final on screens at the Vall d'Hebron pavilion in Barcelona
Fans watching the World Cup final on screens at the Vall d'Hebron pavilion in Barcelona / Maria Asmarat
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August 21, 2023 10:51 AM

August 21, 2023 11:47 AM

Spain's women's football team beat England 1-0 on Sunday, winning its first-ever World Cup only months after more than half of the squad walked out over a labor dispute with the Spanish football federation and coach Jorge Vilda. 

The team, which includes nine FC Barcelona Femení players in its ranks, made history in Sydney with a goal scored in the first half by Real Madrid's Olga Carmona.

Of the nine Barça players on the team, seven were in the initial lineup: Cata Coll, Ona Batlle, Laia Codina, Irene Paredes, Aitana Bonmatí, Mariona Caldentey and Salma Paralluelo – two-time Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas, plagued with knee injuries this season, entered the field with only minutes to spare.

Other FC Barcelona Femení stars, such as Mapi León or Patri Guijarro, were excluded from the team due to the clash with the Spanish football federation.

Two of England's Lionesses, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh, also play for the Catalan capital's team.

Bonmatí, who hails from the Garraf county town of Sant Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona, was given the Golden Ball Award for the tournament's best player. 

19-year-old Paralluelo, meanwhile, was named Best Young Player.  

Back in Barcelona, around 1,000 people watched the game on the screens at the 2,000-person Vall d'Hebron pavilion. 

Spain bagged $110 million in bonus money for winning the competition, a quarter of what the Argentinian men's team won last December