Euro 2022 winner Alessia Russo on making history, inspiring a generation and that viral backheel goal video of hers – which has since gone viral – to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Samba and her history is very important for the people of Brazil. I’m talking about the people who watch soccer on the television. They are the same people who never stop talking about what happened with the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They are the same people who always say that their team won the World Cup, the same people who never tire of celebrating the victory of the Brazilian people in football, in which they won with the same Brazilian people who won the World Cup. This is the same people who said that the team that won the World Cup is the same team that was in Russia. In 2017 and 2018 it’s different. These people make history, and they’re proud of it.
In terms of her goal, which was scored at the 90th minute, I am always talking about the goal of the match — the goal of the match. That is my motto, and every goal of hers that can go ahead [of her career].
I am very proud of her because she’s very smart, she’s very responsible, a good player, a captain, and a leader. She’s a mother of two daughters. They’re two beautiful children, and they are very happy that football is their passion.
I don’t think it was easy for her to do what she did. I don’t think she would do it if she was going to watch the match in front of the television again and again. I think it would wear her down. I think it was a very tough moment for her. I think that the Brazilian people have always supported her, and I think she will always be a champion for us, because she always does what she has to do.
My daughter was born in 2017, and we have four daughters. They were born in 2011. So it’s been 25 years for me. I was in Brazil when we won the World Cup, and I don’t remember a day without dreaming about it. Now she knows who she is, who her mother is, and what she’s capable of, just like I did. When I was in Brazil, I