Instead, she has set up her own business as a sports marketing consultant and is one of 14 inspirational women participating in our Ready to Board Programme.
The former Italy international played for Inter, Fiorentina and AC Milan, among other teams, and had a stint in Iceland. During an impressive 18-year career, she obtained degrees in sports management and engineering – all while working for her father’s electrical contractor business in Turin.
Now she is turning to new challenges, and as a board member of the Italian federation's women's football division, she is determined to continue making a difference in the game.
What set you on the road to your current career path?
For me women’s football embodies the purest values of sport, and beyond the pitch it represents passion, determination and women’s empowerment. So, I have created a job around this for myself. I arrange partnerships with companies to invest in these values and women’s football, and I currently have lots of projects on the go, including one with Nintendo which I’m particularly excited about.
As someone with 18 years of experience as a player, I want to support the next generation. Not just in terms of professional status - which is to be introduced to women’s football in Italy next year - but by providing better facilities, adequate health care, youth development programs and a self-sustaining structure. I want to make a real difference for women footballers and I’m going to start with Italy.