With 75 appearances and 30 goals in all competitions, no player in Roma's brief history in women's football has played more or scored more than Annamaria Serturini. Given that impressive record, we can say this without an ounce of hyperbole: She is the best player in club history. With pace for days, agility that would make a jackrabbit jealous, and a keen eye for goal, Serturini has established herself as one of the league's most dangerous attacking players—the exact type of player you build squads around.
With the looming professionalization of women’s football in Italy (set for 2022-2023), the potential for roster and contractual chaos next summer is through the roof. We've waited with bated breath to see which players Roma would sew up beyond that magical date and which ones were signed to (or preferred to sign) shorter-term deals, presumably with an eye on testing the market prior to the professionalization switch.
And while Roma has many players deserving of long-term deals, few are as important to the Giallorosse as Serturini, who just signed a brand new contract extension with the club:
Moments ago, the club announced that Serturini, 23-years-old, signed a new deal with Roma through June 2024, extending her stay in the capital for at least two more seasons. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Serturini spoke about the pride that comes with representing Roma:
I am proud to be able to continue to represent this club...After our victory in the Coppa Italia I really understand what it means to win something special with Roma - and I want to continue to make history with this club.
I don’t think it’s right to only say thank you when you win or when you leave: every day I am thankful to be able to play for Roma.
While Roma has done well to add attacking talent over the past few years, a trend that continued this summer with the additions of forwards Benedetta Glionna and Valeria Pirone, the Giallorosse will only go as far as Serturini's scoring takes them, so this contract extension speaks volumes about her place in the club's plans for the future.
Congrats on a well-deserved new deal, Annamaria!