Manchester United and England star Alessia Russo has insisted that fame has not modified her within the wake of her starring position at Euro 2022 and rising prominence as one of many faces of the WSL.
Russo had a breakout season with United in 2021/22, scoring 9 occasions within the WSL, earlier than occurring to play each sport as England gained Euro 2022 – her semi-final backheel aim in opposition to Sweden has even been nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award.
Regardless of, struggling an harm in October, the 23-year-old has additionally gone from energy to energy since returning to membership responsibility and is United’s high scorer with 5 WSL targets – together with one other in her group’s 6-0 demolition of Liverpool on Sunday.
Even with issues like an look on Channel 4’s The Massive Breakfast below her belt, Russo insists that she doesn’t really feel any completely different in herself and is decided to remain that manner.
“No. That’s what I discover bizarre about all of it,” Russo instructed Forbes when requested if fame has modified her.
“I nonetheless see myself as Alessia. I grew up in somewhat city. My household are so near me, I feel that’s a credit score to all of them, and myself I assume,” she added.
“I’m a really light-hearted sort of particular person, however I’ve actually excessive expectations. Even awards like [the Puskas], it nonetheless feels bizarre to be nominated.
“I hope to go on and obtain much more than simply this. As a feminine footballer and simply the particular person I’m, I’ve to remain grounded and have greater goals to fill. You don’t ever actually have an opportunity to get forward of your self.”
As issues stand, Russo is because of be out of contract and will discover herself probably the most in demand free agent in the marketplace come the summer season. However United are nonetheless working laborious to tie her to a brand new contract, having already agreed contemporary phrases with Ella Toone this season, though whether or not or not the membership reaches the Champions League for the primary time might finally come into it.
After the newest spherical of fixtures, United sit second within the WSL desk, forward of Arsenal on aim distinction, solely three factors behind leaders Chelsea with a sport in hand, a three-point cushion over Manchester Metropolis and arguably probably the most beneficial remaining fixtures of any of the highest 4.