The Fifa Puskas award nomination of England striker Alessia Russo’s goal is “massive” for women’s football, she added.
There are three goals scored by women on the 11-player shortlist, including Russo’s backheeled strike in England’s victory over Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-final.
“Whether a goal is scored in a men’s or women’s game, it still qualifies as remarkable. We want women’s football to compete with the greatest and be recognized as such. It’s approaching now.
“There were never any women on the Puskas goals when I was a child watching them. It’s fantastic for young girls, women’s football, and female sports in general.”
Kylian Mbappe’s strike for France that forced extra time in the World Cup final is one of the contenders.
Even if you might not want to admit it, Russo remarked, “It is bizarre.
“That wouldn’t have been the case a few years ago, so it is significant that female footballers are now receiving this kind of respect not just in England but all across the world.
“It’s important to the direction the sport is headed. You desire to be acknowledged for your efforts. It somewhat puts things into perspective when you’re up against guys like that.”
Amandine Henry of Lyon is nominated for her goal in the Women’s Champions League championship game, and Salma Paralluelo of Spain is nominated for her stunning goal against Barcelona.
Among the prominent male nominees are the Brazilian Richarlison, the Frenchman Mbappe, and the Italian Mario Balotelli.
“It’s huge that three women are competing for the prize. It would be incredible if one of us won, and it would demonstrate how far the game has advanced “Russo, 23, was added.