Aitana Bonmatí Conca (born 18 January 1998) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga F club Barcelona and Spain women’s national team.
Bonmatí has been with Barcelona since 2012, developing through La Masia for six years. She was promoted to Barcelona’s first team ahead of the 2016–17 season, and made off-the-bench appearances for the club until her breakout year in the 2018-19 season. In 2019, she started the first UEFA Women’s Champions League final of Barcelona’s history, and later in the year was voted Catalan Player of the Year for the first time.
Throughout the 2020–21 season, Bonmatí was essential to Barcelona’s continental treble-winning campaign. She had one of the most noteworthy performances of her career in the 2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, scoring Barcelona’s third goal and being named MVP of the Final.
Bonmatí found success with Spain’s U-17, U-19 and U-20 youth categories. She has won two UEFA Youth Championships – one each with Spain’s U-17s and U-19s – and has been runner-up in two FIFA Youth Women’s World Cups – one each with Spain’s U-17s and U-20s. She has been a senior team Spain women’s national team player since 2017, and featured in Spain’s squad at the 2019 World Cup and the 2023 World Cup.
Early life and career
Aitana Bonmatí was born on 18 January 1998 in Vilanova i la Geltrú, the capital city of the Garraf region of Catalonia; her family lived in Sant Pere de Ribes in Garraf, where she was raised. When she was born in 1998, her parents wanted to abandon Spanish naming customs that default to the paternal surname being listed first. For the first two years of her life, she was known as Aitana Bonmatí Guidonet, with her two surnames both being from her mother. In 2000, the law in Spain changed to allow for a reversal of the custom, with Bonmatí then given her maternal surname (Bonmatí) as her first surname, and her paternal surname, Conca, to be her second surname.
In her childhood, she played basketball, but at age seven she took up football and played with boys in mixed teams. She often recalls getting picked on by boys for her short stature. The first clubs she played football with were CD Ribes and CF Cubelles, both male/mixed sex teams, which she believes helped improve her strength and intensity. At the age of 13, she joined Barcelona to play in their youth teams, where she would take two-hour long public transport rides with her father to get to practice.
Bonmatí has played at every junior level of the Spain women’s national football team, including the U-17, U-19 and U-20 national teams.
At 15 years old, Bonmatí was called up as part of Spain’s squad for the 2014 UEFA Women’s U-17 Euro. She scored her first U-17 national team goals with a brace against Germany in a 4–0 group stage win, helping Spain finish first in Group B. From there, Spain advanced past the semifinals after a 2–1 win against England. Bonmatí reached the final where she started the match, but ultimately finished runner-up in the tournament as Spain lost to Germany on penalties. She registered 398 total minutes in the tournament.
Months later, she participated in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup where she mostly had a substitute role. In the semifinal, Bonmatí was a halftime substitute against Italy, where Spain advanced after defeating them 2–0. Bonmatí was substituted on in the 53rd minute of the final, where Spain fell 0–2 to Japan.
Additionally, she was a member of the Spain U-17 squad that won the 2015 UEFA Women’s U-17 Euro. In the group stage, she registered her first and only goal of the tournament in a 4–0 win against Germany. Spain finished first in Group A where they then faced France in the semifinal. She started and played through extra time where the match ended up going to penalties. She converted her penalty to end the shootout 4–3 and advance to the final against Switzerland. With a 5–2 win in the final, Bonmatí earned her first international title and was subsequently named to the Team of the Tournament for her standout performances throughout the competition.
Bonmatí was part of the Spain U-19 team that won the 2017 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Euro. As part of a suspension, she was forced to sit out of the first three group stage matches after receiving a straight red card in a qualifying match versus Belgium. She made her first tournament appearance as captain in the semi-finals against Netherlands. Spain advanced to the final against France with a 3–2 win. Bonmatí started and captained the team to a victory against France, snapping Spain’s run of three consecutive finals defeats at the U-19 Euro. With their finish, she earned her second international title as Spain were one of the three UEFA teams to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Bonmatí was again named team captain at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. In Group C, Spain registered two wins against Japan and Paraguay. They finished first in the group by holding the United States to a draw, knocking them out of the tournament in the group stage for the first time. Bonmatí was named the “Dare To Shine” player of the match. In the quarterfinals, she scored twice against Nigeria, but the second goal was not given despite TV replays showing it crossing the goal-line. Spain won that match 2–1 and reached the semi-final of the tournament against France. Bonmatí started the match but was sent off with a second yellow card after a challenge on France’s Selma Bacha- the only red card in the entire tournament. Up until her ejection, she had played every minute of the tournament. Spain ended up winning the match, but Bonmatí was suspended for the final where Spain fell 1–3 to Japan.
She also has experience with the U-18 and U-16 Catalonia national football teams.
In November 2017, coach Jorge Vilda gave Bonmatí her first senior national team call–up for two 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying matches. She made her debut for Spain’s senior national team against Austria, subbing on for Amanda Sampedro in the 53rd minute.
Bonmatí’s first senior international tournament experience came in February 2018 when she was called up to participate in the 2018 Cyprus Cup. She made limited appearances throughout the tournament, but with Spain’s win in the first-place match against Italy, she earned her first title with Spain’s senior team.
Her first national team goal came a year and a half after her debut in April 2019 during a friendly match against England.
In May 2019, Bonmatí was named to the Spain’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad. She featured in two group stage matches – a win against South Africa and a loss against Germany. Spain finished second in Group A and reached the knockout rounds of a Women’s World Cup for the first time in their history. They were defeated 1–2 in the Round of 16 by eventual tournament winners United States. Bonmatí finished the tournament with 58 minutes.
Later in that year, Bonmatí played in each of Spain’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying matches, ending the qualification phase with six goals.
Bonmatí was named in Spain’s squad for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup that was held in March 2020. She played in two of the three matches as Spain finished second behind hosts United States.
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
On 25 November 2021, Bonmatí scored twice in a 12–0 win against Faroe Islands in a 2023 World Cup qualifying match. Five days later, she scored two more against Scotland.
In Spain’s opening match of the 2023 World Cup, she scored Spain’s second goal in a 3–0 win over Costa Rica. Bonmatí scored twice in Spain’s 5–1 rout over Switzerland to reach the quarter-finals.
Parents and family
Aitana Bonmatí was welcomed into the world on 18th January 1998, in Vilanova i la Geltrú in Spain. She was brought and ushered into the world by her lovely parents Rosa Bonmatí Guidonet and Vincent Conca.
Her parents, Vicent Conca and Rosa Bonmati Guidonet, are both Spanish and hail from the Catalonia region.
With no brother or sister, Aitana Bonmati is the only child and daughter of her amazing parents. So, the dashing player is a product of the peaceful union between their caring and loving parents – Rosa Bonmatí Guidonet (Mother) and Vicent Conca (father).
Aitana Bonmatí is currently single and not in an open relationship for now.
Is Aitana Bonmatí married?: No, Aitana Bonmatí is at the moment not yet married.
Aitana Bonmatí has an estimated net worth of around $2.5 million – $5 million.
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