Meet Italy's new heroine

New star rising for Le Azzurre

Back in the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years, Italy stunned favourites Australia 2-1 thanks to a brace from Barbara BONANSEA. But who is she?

  • Forward turns 28 this week
  • Now has 60 caps & 21 international goals
  • A free-scoring star for Juventus
  • An economics student in Torino

Although she is known to score beautiful goals, her two in the come-from-behind victory were more about grit & determination than flair...

... Also drama!

Her 90+5th minute winner was the joint-latest for a regular time goal in FWWC history

Her celebration deep into injury time was a reference to Italian men's star Francesco Totti's same thumb-sucking at the 2006 World Cup ... in the same minute ... against the same opponents!

Girls, you can make it here. You never know what you can do until you do it. Practice sport, play football because it sets you free!

Her message to fans back in Italy