Lionesses’ Alessia Russo can become first female footballer to seal £1m transfer

England star Alessia Russo is being backed to become women's football's first ever £1million player by a former coach of hers – 47 years after the milestone was reached by a male player.

The 23-year-old has been on fire at Euro 2022 so far, scoring four goals including a masterful backheel strike in the semi-final win over Sweden on Tuesday and her former trainer Lee Spiller says he thinks she'll be as iconic to women's football in England as Emma Raducanu is to tennis.

"I think she will be football’s answer to Emma Raducanu and will captain England in the future," Lee told The Sun.

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"That backheel goal has really boosted Lessi’s profile. I used to tell her she’ll captain England one day and she would laugh. Her feet are firmly on the ground.

"But I think she will captain England in the future."

The current transfer fee record is £250,000 but Lee, 44, said: "She could be the first £1million player, definitely."

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Brand experts predict the Lionesses will have boosted their sponsorship value by up to six times through their Euro 2022 campaign – with Russo herself rocketing from an estimated £1.3million to £4.5million.

Trevor Francis became Britain's first ever million pound player back in 1979 after moving from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest, though the the record was actually broken four years earlier by Italian striker Giuseppe Savoldi, who moved from Bologna to Napoli for £1.2million in 1975.

Since then, the world transfer record has been broken a whopping 21 times. It rocketed to £35.5million after the turn of the Millennium following Hernan Crespo's move from Parma to Lazio before Real Madrid broke it five times in a row, bringing Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to the club.

The last time the record was broken was in 2017 with Neymar's eye-watering £198million move from Barcelona to PSG – smashing the previous record of £89million spent by Manchester United on Paul Pogba the year before. It also marked the first time since 1903 that the record had been broken by a deal worth more than double its predecessor.


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