Barcelona, Spain, Mar 31 (EFE).- FC Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas, considered one of the best female soccer players in the world, has become an icon not only in the sport but also on Barcelona’s street murals.
FC Barcelona made history at Camp Nou Wednesday during the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid by setting a world record for attendance at a women’s soccer match.
To commemorate the milestone, street artist Tvboy replaced his mural of Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona in Barcelona with one of Putellas.
“On the same wall, I had done a portrait of Maradonna, on which people had written the word rapist. I thought it would be a good message if a woman was the star, the champion,” Tvboy told Efe.
The mural shows Putellas in a superwoman costume with the motto ‘Follow your dreams’ in the background.
The Barcelona captain said Wednesday’s “super-magical” atmosphere was a “historic day” that drove her team into the Champions League semi-finals with a 5-2 win over Real Madrid.
“I have no words, it was super magical. When we entered with the bus, we saw the faces of everyone who wanted to make history today. There were so many people, so many girls,” she said.
Some 91,553 fans came to the Camp Nou stadium Wednesday, breaking the world record for attendance at a women’s soccer match.
“The match was over but people didn’t want to go home, they were cheering and singing. They were asking us to be in the final in Turin. We felt that connection,” she said.
The 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final will be held at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin in May. EFE