Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goal

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Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goal
Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goal

The mum of Lionesses star Alessia Russo has sent her a moving message of love and support after her first goal at the Women's World Cup.

Carol Russo recalled watching her three-year-old daughter 'dancing in a Tutu'. But she knew that she really wanted to play football with her dad Mario and older brothers Luca, a non league player, and Giorgio, a successful athlete who works as her agent.

Carol's message to England's striker is accompanied by a series of family video clips, including Russo with her first Predator football boots, playing football on the beach as a child with her brothers, and meeting Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Her daughter is expected to be the first Women's Super League (WSL) player to earn £1million a year, with contracts for Beats by Dre, Adidas, KFC and Oakley. Carol, of Maidstone, Kent, tells the 24-year-old: 'Don't ever change'.

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In the recording for 'The Players' Tribune', she says: "Hi Lessi, today is finally here. I cannot believe you are off to your first senior World Cup, how exciting.

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"It only seems like yesterday you were that cute little three-year-old dancing around in your Tutu but desperate to give it all up so that you could join football coaching with daddy and play football with Luca and Georgi. We had no idea, did we?

"That it would lead to all this, you living your dream and doing what you love, and shining like our little superstar. We are so proud of you Lessi, we are so proud of everything, the football.

Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goalRusso is at the heart of England's World Cup bid (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goalShe scored a famous goal during last summer's Euros (Getty Images)

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"But even more we are proud of the beautiful person you are because you are lovely inside and out so don't ever change. Love you more, and love you more than more."

Arsenal striker Russo, known as 'Lessi' to her family and teammates, hit the headlines at Euro 2022 with the cheeky back heel against Sweden which won Goal of the Tournament. England went on to win the Euros by beating Germany 2-1 in the final at Wembley.

After her opener against China, her first goal of the tournament, she said: "I'm buzzing. I'm a striker, I like to score as much as I can."

Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goalCarol would love for her daughter to become a world champion (alessiarusso99/Instagram)
Alessia Russo sent touching message by her mum after first World Cup goalCarol is "proud of the beautiful person" her daughter is

England meet Nigeria in the last 16 on Monday in Brisbane, with the game kicking off at 8:30am UK time. Russo added: "Nigeria are a good side. I'm excited for another good test.

The Mirror told how the Lionesses are set to enjoy lucrative marketing deals on the back of their World Cup success. Defender Lucy Bronze earns about £200,000 per year playing for Barcelona, one of the highest-paid female players in the world, has signed with EE, Visa and Pepsi.

Ella Toone has worked with McDonald's. Chloe Kelly, hero of the Euro 2022 final with the winning goal, was reportedly offered £2m by Land Rover.

Jeremy Armstrong

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