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Spain Win World Cup: Best Young Player Award goes to Salma Paralluelo: who is this young player?

Spain Win World Cup: Best Young Player Award goes to Salma Paralluelo: who is this young player?

Salma Paralluelo is called the Kylian Mbappé of the women’s game, and England discovered that the Spain forward is an unstoppable force at the Women’s World Cup. Born Salma Celeste Paralluelo Ayingono (born 13 November 2003) is a Spanish professional footballer and former sprinter who plays as a left winger for Liga F club FC Barcelona and the Spain women’s national team.

🏆 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
🏆 2023 Best Young Player (19 years)
🏆 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
🏆 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup
🏆 2018 UEFA U17 Championship

Highlights of the women’s world cup acheivements include:

The 19-year-old two outstanding goals in the World Cup. In the quarterfinal against Netherlands in Wellington, she came off the substitutes’ bench and won the tie with a stunning solo goal in the 111th minute of the game. Four days later, she again made a decisive contribution as a second-half substitute by scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 semifinal win against Sweden in Auckland.

Early life
Paralluelo was born in Zaragoza to a Spanish father and an Equatorial Guinean Fang mother, the latter having moved from Equatorial Guinea so that her son from a previous relationship with a severe congenital vision deficiency could receive better medical treatment in Spain. In December 2012, when the young man was 21 years old, he disappeared in Zaragoza and his body was found the following month. Apart from the aforementioned, she has two more brothers, José Jaime and Lorenzo, both footballers.

Club career
Paralluelo is a product of UD San José in Zaragoza. She has played for Zaragoza CFF and Villarreal in Spain. She is also a 2022 FIFA Puskás Award nominee.

She signed for FC Barcelona at the end of the 2021/22 season, after her contract with Villareal ended.

International career
Paralluelo is cap-tied to Spain. She was also eligible to play for Equatorial Guinea.

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She won the 2018 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship, the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and made her senior debut on 11 November 2022, starting and scoring a hat-trick in a 7-0 friendly home win over Argentina.

She was included in the Spain squad list for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. During the quarter-final match against the Netherlands on 11 August, she scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory after extra time, to qualify Spain for the first time in history into the semi-finals of a World Cup.

On 15 August 2023, she scored a goal in Spain’s 2–1 victory over Sweden to take her team to its first senior World Cup final.

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