Megan Rapinoe is an open gay veteran soccer player of the U.S. women national team.
|Net Worth:||$ 3.5 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Soccer Player|
|Born:||July 5, 1985|
|Birth Name:||Megan Ana Rapinoe|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.68m)|
Megan Rapinoe is the co-captain of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT). She is a midfielder and a winger and one of the country’s veteran players. Being an openly gay since 2012, Rapinoe is an advocate in raising gender equality in sports.
Megan Anna Rapinoe was born on July 5, 1985 in Redding, California. She had a twin sister named Rachael, who is 11 minutes older than her. At the age of four, their older Brian introduced the sport of soccer to them. The siblings play regularly on the field near the church.
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This year has been the craziest of them all. I don’t even really know how put into words how special this has been. The TEAM shook the world, and continues to. Yes the 23 players on the field, yes the coaching staff, and extended staff for the team, but the TEAM I’m talking about goes far beyond those who are lucky enough to wear the crest. The TEAM is our family, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands. The TEAM is the thousands of fans who cheered for a team that asked them to care more about just the game of soccer, more than just themselves, more than just people who looked like them, more than just winning. For that, I am forever grateful. I think this World Cup win, and all the subsequent wins, both personal and team, feel so special because for the first time in a long time, it feels like WE ALL WON. And while I am truly honored to win @francefootball Ballon D’Or, I’d like to accept this on behalf of us ALL. WE DESERVE THIS. I am forever grateful to my beautiful family❤️ I know for a fact I wouldn’t be here with out you @sbird10 I love you forever 🦖
Her career as a soccer player began at Elk Grove Pride and the University of Portland. During their college freshmen, Rapinoe and Rachael won the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. She then played with the Chicago Red Stars from 2009 to 2010. In 2011, she competed for the Philadelphia Independence, magicJack and Sydney Football Club (FC). She then played for the Seattle Sounders Women, Olympique Lyon, and Seattle Reign FC.
Despite being a veteran player, she doesn’t earn that much compared to her teammates Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz. It’s mainly because she doesn’t have much endorsement deals. She has some deals with brands like Nike, Samsung, and Wildfang.
Rapinoe also signed a partnership with Microsoft. She uses the mediums and sponsorship deals to raise awareness about women’s sport.
Rapinoe has been dating basketball star Sue Bird since fall 2016. The pair met at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where they shared in an interview at the ESPNW Women and Sports Summit.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGrHKfnlaW/ They announced their relationship in public in 2017. The two appeared in ESPN’s body issue in 2018, making them the first openly gay couple to be featured in the issue.
Rapinoe was named as 2019 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. She became the fourth woman to receive the honor. This reflects her battle against gender biases and remarkable athletic achievement. She spearheaded the lawsuit for equal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2019. She is not sorry for the feud against US President Donald Trump. It rooted from her statement on not visiting the White House when they won the World Cup. During their match against Thailand, she was able to score 13 goals.
Rapinoe has been an advocate to fight against gender pay gap and gender discrimination within the sport. She is also active in raising LGBTQ+ awareness. During the National Women’s Soccer League in 2016, Rapinoe kneel during the national anthem. She aimed to draw awareness about social inequality in the country.
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it.” - Megan Rapinoe
She and Morgan participated in Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative. They will donate 1% of their salary to soccer-related charity. The two were the first female footballers to join the initiative.
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