Creating history on Wednesday, Manipur footballer Ngangom Bala Devi signed for Scottish club Rangers FC.
She is the first Indian woman to sign a professional contract overseas.
Striker Bala Devi from Manipur Police Sports Club has signed an 18-month contract following a successful trial that the player underwent in November last year.
The move is a big step in Devi’s career, who is currently the top scorer for the Indian national women’s team and also the leading goal scorer in South Asia.
The 29-year-old, who has also captained India in the past, has scored 52 goals from 58 games since 2010.
She becomes the first Indian woman to become a professional footballer and also Rangers’ first Asian international footballer, the Scottish club said in a statement.
Later Bala Devi issued a statement saying, “To play my football in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed of.”
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