Albertarrio is one of the six nominees for Best Player along with her compatriot Gorzelany, India’s Gurjit Kaur and the Dutch Eva de Goede, Frédérique Matla and Maria Verschoor.
The Argentine forward showed an outstanding performance during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, which led her to be taken into account by the committee of experts that agreed on the list of nominees for the award that Luciana Aymar knew how to win eight times and that were also awarded Cecilia Rognoni (2002) and Delfina Merino (2017).
Just a month ago, together with the Lionesses, she won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Now, being in Belgium to defend the colors of the Royal Leopold Club, Albertarrio told how she heard the news and how she lives it today.
“Majito (Granatto) sent me a message and I said ‘there must be a mistake’. Although one always tries to play well to give the best for her team and for the team to win, I never imagined getting nominated. It is a pride and a It is a privilege to be there with such players. It is today that I forget around there, they remind me of it and I can’t believe it. “
Undoubtedly, the 2020 and 2021 seasons were sportingly particular in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Without so much international contact and an arduous preparation to arrive in the best way to the Olympic Games, the effort brought its reward.
“I feel like it was a very tough year, but it ended in the best way. We were Olympic medalists and this nomination is something incredible,” she said.
After her debut at the South American in Santiago de Chile in 2013, Albertarrio has played 176 international matches and scored more than 100 goals.
Among the most outstanding achievements with the Lionesses, he won the bronze medal in the 2014 Hague World Cup, the 2015 World League in Rosario and a Pan-American gold (Lima 2019) that add to the recent silver medal in Tokyo.
Regarding the importance of having the presence of Argentine players among the most prominent in the world, she stated:
“What I like the most is to see Argentine players nominated again. We have incredible players and there should always be one or two Argentines because for me we are the best in the world “.
The best players in each category will be defined by the combination of the results of the online voting of the people and the athletes themselves. You can vote until September 15 through http://www.fih.ch/events/hockey-stars-awards/hockey-stars-2021/vote/ and the winners will be known only towards the end of September or the beginning of October.