US great Megan Rapinoe is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the football pitch

Think you know who Megan Rapinoe is? Think again.

Rapinoe — a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, Olympic gold medallist, Ballon d’Or winner and a captain of the United States women’s football team — feels she is still trying to figure out who she is.

Megan Rapinoe stands with her arms outstretched in front of a crowd of spectators
Megan Rapinoe is one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet due to her success and activism both on and off the pitch.(AP: Francisco Seco)

Could have fooled me.

Standing only 168 centimetres tall, she is a giant both on and off the football pitch.

One of a cohort of women who took their sport to court and finally agreed to a $US24 million settlement for equal pay, Rapinoe is not afraid to take a stand. Or take a knee.

She was one of the first females to kneel during the US national anthem in support of NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s career-ending gesture against police brutality and racism in America.

Rapinoe said she was still conflicted about how that all turned. Unlike Kaepernick, she kept playing her sport of choice because she compromised, a position she is not entirely comfortable with.






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