Manchester United women’s forward Russo was named Player of the Year first ever in the Women’s Football Awards. England stars Alessia Russo and Keira Walsh have both scooped major prizes at the first-ever Women’s Football Awards.
Manchester United forward Russo has been named Player of the Year while Walsh, who joined Barcelona for a record fee last summer, picked up the international player award.
Russo and Walsh were both key players during the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 triumph, with Russo netting four goals while Walsh was named in the team of the tournament.
Lauren James was also one of the award winners, with Chelsea forward named Young Player of the Year alongside Liverpool’s Missy Bo Kearns.
Elsewhere, Harry Kane and Declan Rice were both recognized in the Football Ally of the Year category while Arsenal legend and pundit Ian Wright took home the Women’s Football Champion of the Year.
Tottenham’s Rosella Ayane and West Ham’s Viviane Assayi paid tribute to Kane and Rice for their behind-the-scenes support of women’s football.
The star-studded event was hosted by Jamie Carragher and Eni Aluko and was the first publicly-voted ceremony to recognize all levels of the game.
Over 20,000 public votes were cast for the winners and later ratified by an expert judging panel led by Manchester United’s Nikita Parris, Sky Sports News anchor Hayley McQueen and Real Madrid midfielder Caroline Weir.