By Football Italian staff This article was written by Andrea Lippi and appears here with permission.
Rai Simone Conto is one of the most decorated and most successful players in Italian football history.
She is currently at the helm of Lazio’s squad for the Champions League group stages, and the Italian national team, after a run of four consecutive World Cups and three European Championships in a row.
Conti’s rise to stardom has been almost as meteoric as the Bianconeri’s rise in Serie A.
After winning the Coppa Italia in 2000, the young striker was named Serie A’s Player of the Year in 2001, and went on to make her international debut for Italy in 2003.
Conto, now in her second spell as Lazio coach, has been at the club since 2004, having first joined the Biancocelesti in 2004.
She has been instrumental in Lazio winning the Scudetto in 2016, before the club secured a top-four finish in 2019 and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions’ League.
The Italian’s goals have also brought her into the limelight, as she was instrumental in the Biancans winning the Serie A title in 2016.
Her compatriot Alessandra Bertolacci also scored in the league, but Conto has been the only Bianconero to take the Golden Boot.
Despite the recent rise in her career, Conti is not interested in going the traditional route to become a professional.
The 31-year-old believes that she will have to work harder to make it to the top.
“I’m not interested.
I want to become the best that I can, and that’s how I want it.
It’s what I love.
It is what I’ve always been a fan of, but I’ve never thought about becoming a professional,” she said.”
As long as I’m at the top, it’s up to me.
I can’t force it.
But it’s not for me to force myself, and it’s my decision to make.”