India national football team skipper, Sunil Chhetri took to social networking site, Twitter to post a heartfelt message to the country's latest footballing sensation, Bala Devi - who became the first-ever Indian woman to sign for a professional football club outside India, after getting on board Scottish giants, Rangers FC.
Devi who is widely considered as one of the best players in the South Asian footballing circuit, was signed on an 18-month deal by Rangers following her successful trial spell with the club in November.
This news was celebrated by none other than India's footballing icon who tweeted: "You're going where no Indian woman footballer has gone, and you will be carrying the dreams of us all. Good luck, Bala. Do us proud."
You're going where no Indian woman footballer has gone, and you will be carrying the dreams of us all. Good luck, Bala. Do us proud. pic.twitter.com/RYj7B2nVa2— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) January 29, 2020
With 52 goals in 58 games scored since 2010, Devi has been the top-scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the last couple of seasons and was named the AIFF Women’s Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 following her prolific outings in front of the goal.
The player herself was delighted to have signed for the Scottish giants, revealing, "To play my football in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed 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," she concluded.