The list of individual of accolades continues to grow for Haley Bugeja as the Maltese starlet placed third in Goal’s NXGN list of the best women’s football youth talents.
Bugeja made her introduction into this list last season when she was named in the top 10. This year’s list – expanded to 20 players – was open for players born on or after January 1, 2003 which means that the 2004-born Sassuolo player could make it on the list for the third consecutive time next season.
Goal is a high-profile football portal which has increased its coverage of the women’s game in recent years and this award sheds light on the incredible female talents across the world.
During 2021, Bugeja managed to top Sassuolo’s scoring charts on her debut season as a professional player with 12 goals in 18 games. Her overall record is 14 goals and 6 assists in 28 Serie A games for Sassuolo, with whom she also played in the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup.
The former Mġarr United player was on the scoresheet for the Malta national team during the VisitMalta Women’s Trophy in the 3-1 victory against Moldova, in February. Bugeja has seven goals in 14 international caps.
Melchie Dumornay, who represents Haiti and is on the books of French top-flight side Reims, placed first in the list.