Kriralok Desk: The women in trio wins Man Utd’s forward Alessia Russo has won the best player of the year. Scottish midfielder Keira Walsh
won the international player of the year, Chelsea’s Lauren James and Liverpool’s Missy Brooks won the young player of the year. These women in trio from the history of football had marked their position as the inaugural winners of women footballs award this Thursday in London.
Man United’s forward Alessia Russo became player of the year, while midfielder Walsh, her fellow Euro 2022 winner who joined Barcelona from Manchester City last summer for a world-record fee, took the international player of the year award. Chelsea forward James and Liverpool midfielder Missy Bo Kearns, both 21, were winners in the young player of the year category. The ceremony, hosted by Eni Aluko and Jamie Carragher, followed more than 20,000 public votes being cast and ratification by a judging panel led by United forward Nikita Parris, Real Madrid midfielder Caroline Weir.
United, who this season have secured their highest Women’s Super League points haul and Champions League qualification for the first time, as well as making their Women’s FA Cup final debut, were named best club of the year.
Meanwhile, Alessia Russo’s remarkable back-heeled goal against Sweden has been shortlisted for the FIFA Puskás Award, awarded to the best goal of the last 12 months. United, who this season have secured their highest Women’s Super League points haul and Champions League qualification for the first time, as well as making their Women’s FA Cup final debut, were named best club of the year. Other individuals recognized included former Everton and Liverpool player Fern Whelan, the first women’s football equality, diversity and inclusion executive for the Professional Footballers’ Association, receiving the Off The Pitch award.
Karen Carney retired in 2019. She was honored with with 144 England caps, with a lifetime achievement award. There was also a special recognition award given to Carol Thomas, the captain of the Lionesses team that were runners-up at the first women’s European Championship in 1984.
Aluko, another former player to have won more than 100 England caps, said: “[Thursday] was a highlight of my career. This was the first for women’s football and a landmark moment for the game. I am so proud to be a part of this event.”