Football Icon Megan Rapinoe Announces Retirement from International Duty and Club Career

Megan Rapinoe, the iconic 38-year-old winger, is on the verge of retiring from international duty and ending her club career with OL Reign.

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Her journey in women’s football has been filled with victories, style, and activism that has both won her admirers and detractors worldwide.

Ra-PINO, not Rap-In-O

One defining moment was when then-US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro mispronounced her name in 2019, much to her dismay.

This incident occurred during a period when Rapinoe and her teammates were advocating for equal pay for women’s players, leading to a drawn-out battle with the federation.

The US eventually became the first football federation to announce equal compensation and prize money for both men’s and women’s national team competitions.

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A Footballing Family

Megan Rapinoe’s roots in football run deep, as she grew up in Redding, California, alongside her twin sister, Rachael, who also pursued a professional football career.

Rachael has since retired, while Megan has gone on to achieve incredible success on the pitch.

A Stellar Football Career

With 63 goals in 200 games for the US, Rapinoe’s midfield prowess and creativity have been awe-inspiring.

She secured top scorer in the 2019 World Cup and clinched the title for the US in both the 2015 and 2019 editions.

Rapinoe’s unconventional playing style and knack for spectacular goals have earned her a legion of fans.

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A Fashion Icon and Advocate

Rapinoe’s vibrant hair colors and unique fashion choices have made her a style icon.

Alongside her sense of style, she has been a strong advocate for LGBT rights, racial equality, and trans rights.

Her unapologetic activism has earned her both supporters and detractors, especially from conservative circles.

Standing Up Against the President

Rapinoe’s bold stances, including refusing a White House visit during the Trump administration and supporting Colin Kaepernick’s anthem kneeling movement, made her a target of the American right.

Despite facing criticism and abuse, she persisted in her activism, gaining a fan in current US President Joe Biden, who awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Uncertain but Exciting Retirement Plans

As she nears retirement, Rapinoe’s plans remain uncertain.

While she and her partner Sue Bird have started a production company, Rapinoe has ruled out running for office.

Her departure from the football scene is sure to leave a lasting impact on American football and possibly even the broader culture.

Conclusion:

Megan Rapinoe’s career has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by sporting achievements, style choices, and a fearless commitment to important social issues.

As she bids farewell to the pitch, her legacy will undoubtedly continue to shape the world of women’s football and inspire future generations.

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