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Alessia Russo Biography, Age, Family, Career, Honours, Net Worth.

By MJR Jun4,2024
Alessia Russo
Alessia Russo

Alessia Mia Teresa Russo is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward. She plays for London-based club Arsenal in the FA women’s Super League and the England national team.

The famous English forward is an influential attacker who is proficient in shooting and scoring goals. She is also brilliant with the ball, a wonderful dribbler and great in creating chances. Russo is one of the best talents in the women’s football today.

The English star began her football career at Charlton Athletic academy. Russo has previously played for Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United. She also played college soccer in the United States for North Carolina Tar Heels women soccer team.

Russo has represented England from the under-15 all through to the senior level.

Age and Birthday

Alessia Russo was born in Maidstone, Kent in South-East England on 8 February 1999. She is 25 years old as of 2024. Her zodiac sign is an Aquarius.

Height

The English star is about 1.75 meters (5 feet 9 inches) tall.

Preferred foot

Alessia Russo prefers to play with the right foot.

Alessia Russo Family

Parents and grandfather

Alessia was born in an athletic family of Italian descent through her grandfather. The grandfather relocated to England in the 1950s and played for non-league side Metropolitan Police FC. He was a big Manchester United fan something he passed down the family tree.

Mia is the only daughter and last-born in a three children family of Mario and Carol Russo. Mario like his father played for the Metropolitan Police from 1980 until 1998. He is the record goal-scorer for the Surrey based club. Mario ventured into coaching football after his retirement.

Siblings

Alessia’s brothers Luca and Giorgio are former athletes. The oldest, Luca is a former track and field athlete who represented England at U-20 level. Giorgio on the other hand played football for several non-league clubs including Ramsgate.

Alessia Russo Club Career

Early Stages

Russo was only five when she started training with her father’s team, West Farleigh FC. Together with her cousin, they were the only girls in the team. She was later enrolled into Bearsted FC girls U-10 team.

She would later play as both a midfielder and forward at St. Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone. And participated in other sports including; cricket, netball, athletics and cross country. While still at St. Simon, she played county schools football for Kent schools.

Charlton Athletic and Chelsea: 2007-2016

Alessia began her football career in 2007 at Charlton Athletic academy.

In 2010 she joined Chelsea reserve team and soon after became the captain. Unfortunately, Russo would make only one senior appearance for the London giants. This came on 2 July 2016 in the FA Women Super League Continental Cup first round.

Brighton & Hove Albion: 2017

Alessia moved BHA who had just been promoted to WSL 2 in January 2017 before the beginning of the FA WSL Spring Series. She played her maiden match for the side in the third round of the FA Cup win against AFC Wimbledon. She scored her Brighton’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against London Bees.

North Carolina Tar Heels: 2017-2019

Russo wanted to continue with her education as well as pursue her ambition in football. However, she could not get a suitable program in England. She opted to enroll in University of North Carolina, USA where she took a degree in Sports Management and joined college soccer team, North Carolina Tar Heels.

2017

She made 19 appearances with 18 starts in the ACC in 2017 as a freshman and went on to become Tar Heels’ top-scorer with 9 goals and 2 assists. Following her brilliant performances, she earned several awards such as co-ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC All-Freshman Team selection and United Soccer Coaches All-East Region first team selection. North Carolina won the 2017 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament as Russo was named the MVP of the tournament. They finished as runners-up in the regular season title.

2018

In 2018, North Carolina won the regular season title for the first time since 2008 as Russo was voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Alessia became the first Tar Heels’ player since 2013 to earn a United Soccer Coaches first-team All-America selection. Russo also a made the Hermann Trophy (an award given to the best college soccer player in the United States) semi-finals. She was Tar Heels’ joint-leading scorer with 6 goals.

2019

Russo made a career high 24 appearances in 2019 and was once more the team’s leading scorer with 13 goals. They won the regular season for the second time consecutively as well as the 2019 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament. They additionally reached the 2019 Women’s College Cup Final but lost on spot-kicks to Stanford. Alessia was named first-team All-ACC for the third consecutive year, United Soccer Coaches first-team All-American for a second time and the ACC Tournament MVP for a second time. She again got to the semi-final list of the prestigious Hermann Trophy. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alessia deided to abandon her final year in college in August 2020.

Manchester United: 2020-2023

Mia signed for the Manchester club on 10 September 2020 on a two-year deal with an option for a third year extension. She made her debut and provided an assist on 13 September as a half-time substitute in a 5-2 win against Birmingham City. Russo scored her first goal for Man. United in her second game, a 3-0 victory over her former club BHA. In October, she scored three goals and made one assist in three appearances and was nominated for the WSL Player of the Month. Unfortunately, she was ruled out for the rest of the 2020-21 season following an injury sustained in training.

The following season, Russo was the club’s top-scorer with 11 goals in 30 matches across all the competitions and won the 2021-22 Player’s Player of the Year award. She scored her first ever hat-trick on 5 March 2023 in a 5-1 WSL win against Leister City. Alessia ended her tenure at Manchester United as the club’s 2022-23 Player of the Year.

Russo left Manchester United at the end of the 2022-23 season following expiration of her contract.

Arsenal: 2023- present

On 4 July 2023, Russo signed for the London club Arsenal as a free agent. She played the first match for her new club on 6 September 2023 in a UEFA Women’s Champions League first round qualifying match against Linkoping. Mia scored her first goals, a brace for Arsenal in the UEFA WCL first round qualifiers finals 3-3 draw against Paris FC. Arsenal eventually lost on spot-kicks with Russo missing a penalty.

Alessia Russo International Career

Youth level

The English star has played for England in the U-15, U-17, U-19, U-20 and U-21 national teams. Additionally, has played for the England U-16 side and at one time wore the arm-band.

During the 2016 UEFA Women’s U17 Championship qualification, Alessia scored 5 goals in their 13-0 win against Croatia in October 2015. She followed it up with a hat-trick in the following match against Estonia ending the qualification round with 9 goals. Mia was also the 2016 UEFA Women’s U17 Championship top-score with 5 goals.

She as well represented England in the 2016 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup and the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

Senior level

Russo got her first callup to the senior England national team on 26 February 2020 for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. On 11 March 2020, she made her senior international debut, coming in as a 76th minute substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Spain. During the 2023 World Cup qualifiers, she scored her first international goals, a hat-trick in a national record 20-0 win against Latvia. At 11 minutes, it is historically the fastest hat-trick by any England player.

During the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, Mia made six appearances all from the bench and scored four goals as England proceeded to win the Euros for the first time. Her goal against Sweden, a spectacular back-heel, was voted the Goal of the Tournament and nominated for the 2022 FIFA Puskas Award.

Russo was named in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Australia & New Zealand in July 2023. In the quarter-finals, he scored England’s winning goal in a 2-1 win against Colombia. She also scored England’s third goal in a 3-1 victory over Australia as England qualified for the tournament’s final for the first time.

Alessia Russo Honours

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Regular Season: 2018, 2019
  • ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament: 2017, 2019
  • NCAA Division 1 College Cup runner-up: 2018, 2019

Manchester United

  • Women’s FA Cup runner-up: 2022-23

England Senior level

  • FIFA Women’s World Cup runner-up: 2023
  • Arnord Clark Cup: 2022, 2023
  • Women’s Finalissima: 2023
  • UEFA Women’s Championship: 2022

England Youth level

  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup third place: 2018
  • UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship third place: 2016

Individual

  • UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship and qualification Top Scorer: 2016
  • UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
  • ACC Freshman of the Year: 2017
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Year: 2018
  • United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I first team All-America: 2018, 2019
  • Manchester United Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: 2021-22
  • Freedom of the City of London: 2022
  • UEFA Women’s Championship Bronze Boot: 2022
  • UEFA Women’s Championship Goal of the Tournament: 2022
  • Manchester United Women’s Goal of the Season: 2022-23 (vs Arsenal, 19 November 2022)
  • Manchester United Women’s Player of the Year: 2022-23

Alessia Russo Net Worth

The English forward has an estimated net worth of $1 million to $5 million as of 2024.

By MJR

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