We've made no secret of our love of Agnese Bonfantini around these parts. Roma's 20-year-old whirling dervish of a winger has, along with the club's other #22 Nicolo Zaniolo, arguably the highest upside of any player in the organization. Blessed with speed, technique, creativity and finishing for days, it's not a stretch to say that Agnese Bonfantini is the future of Italian football. And it's a future that looks increasingly tied to Roma.
As you may recall, despite some steps in the right direction, women's football in Italy is not yet a professional endeavor, meaning most players live on year-to-year contracts with caps on their earnings. That is, unless, the player in question signs a multi-year deal, which, again given the non-professional status at the moment, is still somewhat rare and reserved for the top players in the league.
And, well, we can probably put Bonfantini in that category now:
Earlier today, the club announced that Bonfantini, the 20-year-old Verbania native, signed a two year contract extension with the Giallorosse.
Speaking on her new deal, Bonfantini spoke on her love for the club and city:
Representing this club has given me the opportunity to be part of an incredible group, one that is hungry to keep improving and to win
Here in Rome I have always felt incredible support from the fans at Tre Fontane. I want to stay here, and I want to win.
Bonfantini has been with the club since it's inception in the summer of 2018 and has logged the second most appearances and scored the second most goals since then. With seven goals this season, Bonfantini has nearly doubled her haul from last season in almost half as many minutes.
We've raved about Roma's embarrassment of U-23 riches in these spaces many times before, but I'm not sure any club in the league can rival Roma in that respect. Between Bonfantini, Annamaria Serturini, Manuela Giugliano and Giada Greggi, Roma has arguably the four best prospects in the Azzurre set-up.
Bonfantini plays with speed, ferocity and flare. She has everything it takes to be a superstar.