Spain’s Salma Paralluelo is making waves in the Women’s World Cup, drawing comparisons to Kylian Mbappé for her speed and versatility. Just as Mbappé claimed victory at the 2018 World Cup, Paralluelo, a mere 19-year-old, could secure a World Cup win for Spain. Her impact on the field has been evident, shifting the game’s momentum twice in this tournament. Off the bench, she sealed the quarterfinal against the Netherlands with a spectacular solo goal and contributed decisively in the semifinal win over Sweden.
Paralluelo’s rise has been swift. Last year, she was torn between football and athletics, excelling in both. Now, standing on the brink of World Cup victory, she embodies Spain’s hopes for success. Her influence extends beyond the pitch; she became part of Spain’s national team amid a player-driven shake-up. Paralluelo’s inclusion marked a turning point, and she quickly proved her worth.
Lucy Bronze, Paralluelo’s Barcelona teammate and an England player, acknowledges her adversary’s prowess. Paralluelo’s remarkable performance isn’t a surprise to Bronze, who faces her in training daily.
As Spain’s rising star shines, England faces a formidable challenge. Paralluelo’s speed and impact have propelled Spain forward, and her presence poses a significant threat to England’s ambitions.
Re-reported from the article originally published in ESPN