Rangers Women’s Football Club, the top division of women’s football in Scotland has announced the signing of Bala Devi, captain of the India national team on January 29th, 2020.
The Glasgow-based club took to the microblogging site Twitter to announce the 18-month-deal with Bala Devi.
With this international clearance, the 29-year-old has become the first Indian woman to play professional football anywhere in the world. She has also become the Scottish professional soccer club’s first Asian international woman footballer.
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Bala is the current top scorer for the Indian national women’s team, netting an impressive 52 times in 58 games since 2010, also making her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region. She has also served as her national team captain in a distinguished international career, which began when she was called up aged just 15.
Bala also has a prolific goalscoring record at the domestic level with over 100 goals in 120 games. She has been the top scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the past two seasons and has also been named as All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women’s Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.
“I really cannot describe how I feel right now. Playing in Europe has always been a dream for me, and now it has come true,” she was quoted as saying in an interview.
“The rate at which women’s football is moving forward, I hope to see more of these young girls following me to Europe and improving the national team in the future,” she added.
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