Ona Batlle

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Ona Batlle
Ona Batlle con el Levante UD en 2019.jpg
Ona Batlle playing for Levante in October 2019
Personal information
Full name Ona Batlle Pascual
Date of birth (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 23)
Place of birth Vilassar de Mar, Spain
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Full-back
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 17
Youth career
2011–2014 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Barcelona B
2017–2018 Madrid CFF 28 (0)
2018–2020 Levante 39 (3)
2020– Manchester United 40 (1)
National team
2015–2016 Spain U17 24 (2)
2017–2018 Spain U19 13 (0)
2018 Spain U20 1 (0)
2019– Spain 21 (0)
2019– Catalonia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 May 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 April 2022

Ona Batlle Pascual (born 10 June 1999) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a full-back for FA WSL club Manchester United and the Spain women's national team.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Ona Batlle Pascual was born on 10 June 1999 in Vilassar de Mar, a town in the province of Barcelona, and started to play football with Vilassar de Mar.[1] In 2011, she was scouted by FC Barcelona during a match with the Catalonia under-12 team.[2] She joined FC Barcelona's youth program La Masia and progressed through the ranks, earning promotion to Barcelona B, Barcelona's highest-level youth team which played in the Segunda División, in 2014. On 9 November 2016, Batlle was called up to the first team and was an unused substitute in Barcelona's Champions League game against FC Twente.[3]

In the summer of 2017, Barcelona changed focus to recruiting high-profile senior players, making it more difficult for youth players to break through to the first team. Batlle was one of seven La Masia players to leave in the summer to pursue senior first-team opportunities with other clubs.[4] On her departure, Batlle remarked she will not rule out a return to the club that "formed her."[5]

Madrid CFF[edit]

Batlle signed to Madrid CFF in July 2017, the club's first signing following their promotion to the Primera División.[6] She made her senior debut during the club's first Primera División match, as a halftime substitute for Laura del Río in a 1–1 draw with Levante.[7][8] Batlle cemented her place as a starter during the season, playing in 28 of the 30 league matches including 26 starts as Madrid CFF ended their first Primera División campaign mid-table in tenth place.


After one season with Madrid, Batlle signed with Levante in June 2018.[2][9] However, prior to the start of the season Batlle suffered an injury at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in August, delaying her debut for the club.[10] She eventually made her first Levante appearance as a substitute in a 3–2 win away to former club Madrid CFF on 5 December 2018.[11] Batlle scored her first Primera División goal in a 4–2 win over Logroño on 22 December 2018.[12] On 24 June 2020, Batlle released a statement that she was not going to renew her contract with Levante and would instead become a free agent.[13] She remained as one of 17 players in a class action lawsuit against the Association of Women's Football Clubs (ACFF) and the Association of Spanish Football Players (AFE) at the time, disputing the use of the Compensation List that would inflate the fee necessary for other Primera División to sign allocated players as free agents. Batlle's compensation was set at €500,000.[14][15]

Manchester United[edit]

On 13 July 2020, Batlle signed a two-year contract with an option for a third with English FA WSL club Manchester United.[16] She made her debut on 6 September 2020, starting in the season opener as United drew 1–1 with defending champions Chelsea.[17] In total, Batlle appeared in 23 of United's 27 games during the season and was named Women's Player of the Year at the end of the campaign.[18] In the first league game of the 2021–22 season, Batlle scored her first goal for the club in a 2–0 win against Reading.[19] She made 21 league appearances in the 2021–22 campaign and was recognised with PFA Team of the Year honours.[20]

International career[edit]


Batlle has represented Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-20 level including at five major youth tournaments: two UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship editions (2015 and 2016), the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship and the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[21]

Spain won the 2015 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship, beating Switzerland 5–2 in the final.[22] Batlle started in four of the five games in the tournament. They finished as runners-up at the 2016 edition, losing to Germany on penalties in the final.[23] Batlle started every game for Spain at the tournament. The result automatically qualifying Spain for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Batlle started five of the six games including all of the knockout round as Spain finished third, losing to Japan in the semi-finals before beating Venezuela in the third-place playoff.[24]

In July 2017, Batlle was selected by Pedro López to represent Spain at the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.[25] Spain won the tournament with a stoppage time goal from Patricia Guijarro against France. Batlle again started every game in the tournament and she was one of seven Spanish players selected to the team of the tournament.[26] The result also qualified Spain for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Batlle only ended up playing one match at the World Cup, sustaining an injury against Paraguay in the opening match that ended her tournament.[27] Teammate Patricia Guijarro dedicated her goal against the United States to Batlle by holding up her shirt to the camera and the fans.[28] Spain finished as runners-up, losing 3–1 to Japan in the final.[29]


On 17 May 2019, Batlle made her senior debut in a friendly against Cameroon, substituting in for Eunate Arraiza at halftime.[30] She was left out of the 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup three days later.[31]

In February 2020, Batlle was called up to Spain's squad for her first senior international tournament opportunity, the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.[32] She started the first two matches of the tournament, a 3–1 win against Japan and a narrow 1–0 loss to the reigning World Champion United States as Spain finished second in their debut SheBelieves appearance.[33]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 8 May 2022.[21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Madrid CFF 2017–18 Primera División 28 0 0 0 28 0
Levante 2018–19 Primera División 19 1 1 0 20 1
2019–20 20 2 1 0 1[c] 0 22 2
Total 39 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 42 3
Manchester United 2020–21 FA WSL 19 0 2 0 2 0 23 0
2021–22 21 1 1 0 5 1 27 2
Total 40 1 3 0 7 1 0 0 50 2
Career total 107 4 5 0 7 1 1 0 120 5


Statistics accurate as of match played 12 April 2022
Year Apps Goals
2019 3 0
2020 3 0
2021 11 0
2022 4 0
Total 21 0



Spain Youth



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  3. ^ "Barcelona-Twente | Line-ups | UEFA Women's Champions League". UEFA.com.
  4. ^ Villarrubia, Begoña (9 July 2017). "El Barça Femenino seguirá fichando a jugadoras de primer nivel". mundodeportivo.com. Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
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  9. ^ "Ona Batlle: "Con sacrificio y esfuerzo se puede lograr algo bonito e ilusionante"". levanteud.com. Levante UD. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Fútbol Femenino: Ona Batlle abandona la concentración de la selección española". Marca.com (in Spanish). 10 August 2018.
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  13. ^ "El Levante UD y Ona Batlle finalizan su vinculación". levanteud.com. Levante UD. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Eva Navarro y Ona Batlle estudian aceptar ofertas del extranjero para escapar de los abusivos derechos de formación". eldesmarque.com (in European Spanish). 8 April 2020.
  15. ^ Villarrubia, Begoña (6 June 2020). "Las futbolistas, en pie de guerra por los derechos de formación". Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
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  17. ^ "Manchester United 1–1 Chelsea". womenscompetitions.thefa.com.
  18. ^ a b "Ona Batlle named Man Utd Womens Player of the Year 2020 21". www.manutd.com.
  19. ^ Sanders, Emma (3 September 2021). "Manchester United 2–0 Reading: New boss Marc Skinner opens WSL season with victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  20. ^ a b "2021–22 PFA WSL Team Of The Year". www.thepfa.com.
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  22. ^ "Spain-Switzerland | Women's Under-17". UEFA.com.
  23. ^ "Spain-Germany | Women's Under-17". UEFA.com.
  24. ^ "LIVE Venezuela U-17 (W) – Spain U-17 (W) – FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup – 21 October 2016". Eurosport. 21 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Pedro López da la lista definitiva para el Europeo Femenino Sub-19". as.com. Diario AS. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Women's Under-19 - Technical report - The UEFA technical team – UEFA.com". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  27. ^ "Ona Batlle abandona la concentración de la selección española". marca.com. MARCA. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  28. ^ "Un gol mundial por Ona Batlle". eldesmarque.com. El Desmarque. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Japan cruise to maiden world title". fifa.com. FIFA. 24 August 2018. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  30. ^ "CRÓNICA | Embaladas hacia el Mundial (4–0)". cronica-embaladas-mundial-4-0 (in Spanish). 17 May 2019.
  31. ^ "OFICIAL | Estas son las convocadas de la Selección española femenina para la Copa Mundial de Francia". oficial-estas-son-convocadas-seleccion-espanola-femenina-copa-mundial-francia (in Spanish). 20 May 2019.
  32. ^ Menayo, David (5 March 2020). "Ona Batlle: la 'peque' pide paso en la selección española". marca.com. MARCA. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  33. ^ "2020 SheBelieves Cup: USA 3 – Japan 1 | Match Report, Stats & Standings". www.ussoccer.com.

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