4. María León


A talented and physical central defender, María Pilar 'Mapi' León stands out for her versatility

Her first club was Zaragoza CFF where she debuted at 16 years of age, Mapi played at Espanyol during 2013/14 before joining Atlético Madrid the following season. Last season, in which Atleti claimed the Liga Femenina title, was the one where she came to everyone’s attention. Her performances saw her selected for the Spanish team that contested the European Championship in the summer. On August 24, 2017, she became an FC Barcelona player. After winning the Champions League in 2021 and the domestic treble with the team in 2021/22 at the FIFA Awards in February 2023 León was named in the FIFPro XI for 2022 at the ceremony in Paris. 


María Pilar León Cebrián is a left-sided central defender who stands out for her strength, speed and youth, as well as her versatility, as she can also play as a left-back. She is a technical footballer with great physical attributes that allow her to support the attack when the team needs it

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