Barcelona Femeni secured their third successive Primera Division crown after thrashing their biggest rivals Real Madrid in the Clasico on 13th March. Barca Women clinched the trophy with six games to spare. They are yet to lose a game in 2021-22 as they have won their 24 consecutive matches in the Women’s Primera Division.
Jonatan Giraldez’s team has also scored 136 goals while conceding just six themselves. That means they have scored 5.67 goals on average every game and maintained a whopping goal difference of 130. Those are some mind-boggling numbers and they may even boost that in the remaining matches. Many believe that this group of women players in the current Barca team is among the best in the history of women’s football. The likes of Xavi and Luis Enrique are comparing this side with Barca’s Dream Team (Pep’s Barca). The Spanish head coach ranks this Barca side among the best groups in the club’s history. In the meantime, current Barcelona manager Xavi has also openly admired and acknowledged the way those ladies are playing. He recognized them and their success as an example for the men’s team to emulate.
Barcelona women’s team was founded in 1988. They were reasonably successful before. However, they have taken their game to whole another level since the club’s professionalization in 2015. They have become Spain’s most successful team in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Barcelona has registered several records in the Champions League. They became the first Spanish club to reach the quarterfinal of the Champions League. They also became the first Spanish side to reach a semifinal, final, and eventually the first to win the Champions League title, which they did in 2021. By winning the UCL, they became the first club to win it for both its men’s and women’s football teams. Since 2015, they have won 16 trophies. In 2020/21, they became the first Spanish women’s team to complete a continental treble.
Despite winning those trophies and becoming the best team in women’s football at the club level, no women from Barcelona find a place in the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World XI. Alexas Putellas won the Best FIFA Women’s player and yet she also didn’t make it into the XI. It’s really confounding how these things work in these award shows. This specific snub also made the headlines for all the right reasons. But, they won’t be bothered much about it. If anything, that has fueled them and galvanized them to better themselves, and their rampant run lately echos that.
It’s scary to think what this Barca team can achieve in days to come, considering they have accomplished so much already. The squad is relatively young, the oldest being the defender Melanie Serrano who is just 32. 32 players in the squad are of 25 years of age or less. With the style and the manner in which these ladies have been playing, competing, and the insatiable hunger they have to win games and titles even after winning everything in recent times, the sky is the limit for this group of players.