Alessia Russo named in FIFPRO World XI

Alessia Russo

Alessia Russo Earns Recognition in FIFPRO World XI at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023

In a glittering ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Alessia Russo was honored with a place in the FIFPRO World XI for 2023 at The Best FIFA Football Awards. The prestigious annual accolade, often referred to as FIFA’s version of the Ballon d’Or, celebrates the outstanding footballers in the sport and is determined through player votes. Alessia’s inclusion in the World XI serves as a testament to her remarkable contributions to the game during the period from August 1, 2022, to August 20, 2023.

Alessia Russo, who made a significant move from Manchester United to Arsenal earlier in the summer of 2023, played a pivotal role in helping England reach the final of the Women’s World Cup for the first time. Her stellar performances and impact on the pitch were duly recognized, earning her a spot among the elite players in the FIFPRO World XI.

The ceremony, which took place on Monday night, witnessed the gathering of football’s finest talents. Six of Alessia’s England teammates also received the prestigious acknowledgment, emphasizing the collective strength of the national team. The recognized players include Mary Earps, Alex Greenwood, Lucy Bronze, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, and Lauren James.

Joining Alessia in the World XI were Aitana Bonmati and Olga Carmona from world champions Spain, Chelsea striker Sam Kerr, and USA legend Alex Morgan. The selection process for the FIFPRO World XI involves votes from fellow players, making it a unique recognition that reflects the respect and admiration of peers within the football community.

The 2023 FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World XI is a testament to the exceptional talent across various positions on the field. Mary Earps, representing Manchester United, claimed the goalkeeper position, while the defensive lineup featured Lucy Bronze from Barcelona, Olga Carmona from Real Madrid, and Alex Greenwood from Manchester City.

In the midfield, the trio of Aitana Bonmati from Barcelona, Ella Toone from Manchester United, and Keira Walsh from Barcelona showcased their prowess. The forward lineup comprised Lauren James from Chelsea, Sam Kerr from Chelsea (Australia), and Alex Morgan from San Diego Wave (USA), alongside Alessia Russo representing both Manchester United and Arsenal.

Notably, Amanda Ilestedt, another summer recruit recognized for her stellar performances, was among the 23 finalists but narrowly missed securing a place in the final World XI.

Alessia Russo’s recognition in the FIFPRO World XI adds another feather to her cap and underscores the impact of her standout performances during the Women’s World Cup and beyond. As she continues to excel on the field, her inclusion among football’s elite serves as an inspiration to aspiring players and a source of pride for Arsenal and Manchester United fans alike.

In conclusion, The Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 not only celebrated individual brilliance but also highlighted the collective strength of women’s football, with Alessia Russo rightfully earning her place among the world’s best.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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