The US football player Megan Rapinoe has won FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award.
Rapinoe beat fellow World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze to the women’s title, with US coach Jill Ellis winning women’s coaching award.
The 34-year-old Rapinoe won the Golden Boot for being top scorer and the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup, and also became the face of the tournament for her outspoken views on US president Donald Trump.
At celebrations for the World Cup-winning US women’s soccer team in Manhattan, the star striker and co-captain Megan Rapinoe praises her team, “so resilient” and diverse, and says it is her “absolute honour to lead this team out on the field”. soundbite
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American soccer star Megan Rapinoe says “the fans said it all” by chanting “equal pay” following the United States’ 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final. (jULY 8)
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