|Full name||Sanni Maija Franssi|
|Date of birth||19 March 1995|
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 16:43, 1 December 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:43, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Sanni Maija Franssi (born 19 March 1995) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Danish club Fortuna Hjørring and the Finland national team.
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In 2016 Franssi was named Naisten Liiga Player of the Season after hitting 20 league goals for her club, PK-35.Franssi spent the 2016–17 season with FC Zürich Frauen, scoring 18 goals and finishing as runner-up to FC Neunkirch in both the Nationalliga A and Swiss Women's Cup. She returned to PK-35 in July 2017, only to sign for newly founded Serie A club Juventus in September.
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