Roma Women will be losing one of their best players yet this summer after it was confirmed that Andressa Alves is leaving.
Andressa was one of Roma’s biggest signings ahead of their second season in Serie A Femminile after arriving from Barcelona in 2019.
The Brazilian quickly proved her quality, helping to raise Roma’s level of competitiveness.
In January 2021, she became just the second – and still, at the time of writing, most recent – Giallorosse player to score a hat-trick, doing so in a Coppa Italia match. Roma won the trophy, the first in their history, that year.
The season just gone, 2022-23, was Andressa’s busiest yet. In fact, she made more appearances in each season of her Roma career, compared to the last.
From her 40 outings this term, she scored 17 goals, which was a career-best tally. She helped Roma compete in the Champions League for the first time, getting to play at Camp Nou against her former club Barcelona, and – most significantly of all – was a key player in them winning Serie A Femminile.
Andressa’s importance to the team’s first Scudetto could not be understated. Often playing in a supporting role behind main striker Valentina Giacinti, she would have set a new record for the most goals scored by a Giallorosse player in a season if it wasn’t for her Italian teammate up front.
One record Andressa has set recently is for the most goals scored by a Roma Women player in a calendar year, having hit 13 since the start of January.
Unfortunately, she won’t be extending that tally any further, since the club have now announced she is leaving at the end of her contract.
The fifth player in history to make a century of appearances for Roma Women, Andressa leaves with 103 games for the club under her belt. With 40 goals to her name, only Annamaria Serturini has scored more for the club than her (by one).
Andressa is also comfortably Roma’s leading scorer in Coppa Italia games, with 12. Her nearest challengers at the time of her exit – Serturini and the also-departed Paloma Lazaro – had half that tally.
Thanks to her unique role and reliability from penalties, free kicks and open play, Andressa will be a tough act to follow at Roma.
She wrote on Twitter: “Hi Roma fans, it’s time to say goodbye. I spent four incredible years with all of you. I will always love this team and this city forever. Wherever I am, I will be one more Romanista.
“I’m very proud of everything we have built together. I’m very grateful to the club for believing in me in 2019 to take Roma to another level in Italian football and I am happy to reach this objective, closing this incredible cycle with Roma and leaving the club at a higher level.
“Thank you and thank you. I will always have Roma in my heart.”
Andressa is going out on a high. What a player she has been for Roma.