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Inspirational Rapinoe lost for words

Inspirational Rapinoe lost for words
PROUD MOMENT: Megan Rapinoe receives her trophy from Fifa president Gianni Infantino in Milan. - AFP

Dubai - The co-captain of the US soccer team wins the Fifa Women's Player of the Year Award



By James Jose

Published: Tue 24 Sep 2019, 9:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 24 Sep 2019, 11:28 PM

She took on the most powerful man in the world - POTUS - the President of the United States, and then she and her team went on and conquered the world.
So, it came as no surprise that the outspoken and out-of-the-box US women's soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the Fifa Women's Player of the Year award in Milan on Monday night.
The 34-year-old, who helped guide the US to their fourth World Cup title in France earlier this summer, beat out teammate Alex Morgan and Englishwoman Lucy Bronze, the Uefa Women's Player of the Year, to the trophy.
Known as 'Pinoe,' she was the joint top scorer at the World Cup with Morgan and England's Ellen White, with six goals. Rapinoe won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball after being adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament.
"I'm a little bit at a loss for words, if you can believe it, it rarely happens to me," Pinoe said at the ceremony held at the La Scala Opera House.
"We have such an incredible opportunity being professional football players. We have incredible platforms, the unique opportunity to use this to actually change the world for the better," added the California resident, who is quite outspoken against racism and women's rights, including equal pay.
Meanwhile, it was a double for the United States as Jill Ellis was named the Fifa Women's Coach of the Year. The 53-year-old, who became the first coach to win back-to-back World Cups, won the trophy for a second time after triumphing in 2015. Ellis beat out competition from England coach Phil Neville and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.
james@khaleejtimes.com


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