Aitana Bonmatí: from leader of the ‘rebels’ to star in the debut of the national team

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Aitana Bonmatí was a surprise addition to the list of Jorge Vilda for the world. It was not known if the coach would finally have her after what happened with the 15 ‘rebels’, among which was the midfielder. The players involved sent a letter to the RFEF asking for the coach’s departure, in September last year, and announced their departure from the national team if this condition was not met. However, several months later, Bonmatí and two other teammates were summoned again after sending an email in which they made themselves available to the team. Now the midfielder is one of the key figures in the team.

This Friday he received the player of the match award after the victory of Spain against Costa Rica. An award that is not new for her, but one that has surely made her excited after having been out of the national team for practically the whole year. The Barcelona player herself commented after the game that “it has been a difficult year for her, but we have left everything behind for days. We have been preparing for many days and we are focused on how important the World Cup is. It is true that one is happy, after everything that has happened this year, to see herself in the eleven and to be able to play a World Cup that she did not know if she was going to play almost until the last moment ».

His return to the national team, after the controversy broke out, occurred after the player relaxed his attitude, at the end of the year, and after send the famous mail in which she made herself available to the team to be summoned again. Bonmatí herself acknowledged during the group meeting that the positions “have come closer and, well, I think we are all going in the same direction and we are clear about where we want to take Spanish women’s football.”

Aitana was always clear that she wanted to dedicate herself to football. He started at school and was later followed by a stage at CF Cubelles. that was where drew the attention of scouts from FC Barcelona. She was put to the test in a children’s tournament held in Tàrrega and she ended up signing for the lower categories of the Catalan club.

In the quarry he won all the national titles and in 2015 he became part of Barça B, with which he won the League. The good performance of him made Xavi Llorens, the coach of the first team, noticed her the following season. Her consecration came in the 2020/2021 campaign, when she won her first Champions League and was the MVP of the final.

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