Rangers FC sign Bala Devi, first Indian to play professional football overseas

Last Updated: Thursday, 30 January 2020 (12:12 IST)
Bengaluru: Scottish club has announced the signing of India’s woman’s national football team forward Bala Devi.

Subject to international clearance, the 29-year-old will join the club on an 18-month deal after a successful spell on trial at Rangers in November.
This will make Bala the first Indian woman to become a professional footballer anywhere in the world and she also becomes the Rangers’ first Asian international footballer.
Bala is the current top scorer for the Indian national women’s team, netting an impressive 52 times in 58 games since 2010, also making her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region.
She has also served as national team captain in a distinguished international career, which began when she was just 15.
Bala also has a prolific goal-scoring record at the domestic level, with over 100 goals in 120 games.
She has been the top scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the past two seasons and also been named as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women’s Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.
Speaking about her excitement, Bala said, “To play in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamt of. I hope my move to Rangers serves as an example to all the women footballers back home in India, who dream of taking up the sport professionally.
“I’m looking forward to making the most of the top-class facilities and coaching and I am certain I will benefit immensely from the standard of training and competition. I’m very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the entire management at Rangers for believing in me,” she added.
“Also, this move wouldn’t have been possible without Bengaluru FC, who have been instrumental throughout. I can’t wait to get to Glasgow, join my teammates and give my best shot,” the Footballer expressed. (UNI)