Hometown: Redding, California
Height: 5′ 7″
Age: 34 Years
|Full Name||Megan Anna Rapinoe|
|Profession||American soccer player|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 170 cm
in meters– 1.70 m
in feet inches– 5’ 7”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 55 kg
in pounds– 121 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||32-26-34|
|Debut||Club- Chicago Red Stars in 2009 for the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)
International- United States under-16 national soccer team in 2002 against France
|Domestic/State Team||Reign FC
|Records (main ones)||In 2012, Megan Rapinoe became the first player (male/female) at the Olympic Games to score a Goal Olimpico|
|Career Turning Point||The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in which her performance was reported as outstanding. She was named ESPN’s Next Level Player.|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• In 2011, after she returned from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, her hometown, Redding, honoured her with a parade and declared 10 September as Megan Rapinoe Day.
• On February 12, 2012, she won the Harry Glickman Professional Female Athlete of the Year Award at the 60th annual Oregon Sports Awards.
• She won an Olympic Gold Medal in 2012.
• She won the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) “Shield Award” in 2015 for the best regular-season record.
• She won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final “Player of the Match” award against the Netherlands.
• She won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup “Golden Boot” award for scoring 6 goals.
• She won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup “Golden Ball” award for the best player of the competition.
• On 2 December 2019, Megan was named the Best Female Player in the world, and she won the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award.
|Date of Birth||July 5, 1985 (Friday)|
|Age (as in 2019)||34 Years|
|Birthplace||Redding, California, United States|
|Hometown||Redding, California, United States|
|School||Foothill High School, Redding, California|
|College/University||University of Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Educational Qualifications||Undergraduate from the University of Portland, Oregon|
|Hobbies||Playing the Guitar, playing the Piano, Singing, and Traveling|
|Tattoo(s)||Megan has 4 tattoos-
• On her left bicep, which says- Nature ran her course
• On her right wrist, which says- Trust Yourself (in Arabic)
• On her right tricep- Three stacked triangles
• On her right bicep- an outline of California (an ode to her hometown Redding)
|Controversies||• In 2016, Megan became the first white athlete and the first female athlete to join the nationwide protest of kneeling during the national anthem. In an interview, she stated that she did this to oppose Donald Trump as the US President. She said that she did not like the statements he gave during the campaign. She had also expressed her disbelief when Trump was elected as the US President.
• In 2019, the US Football Association made it a rule to stand during the National Anthem. Megan was protesting against discrimination in the contract payment of women and men players. She stated that the men’s football team had come third in the 1930s and since then, it had not achieved anything else. She further said that even after the women’s team was winning world cups regularly, they had never gotten the due credit. She demanded equal pay. While the national anthem of the United States was being played in a match, she stayed silent and did not even cross her hand to touch her heart, as per the protocol.
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Sarah Walsh (Australian Soccer Player; 2008-2013)
• Sera Cahoone (American Singer; 2014-2017)
• Sue Bird (American Basketball Player; July 2017-present)
|Parents||Father– Jim Rapinoe
Mother– Denise Rapinoe
|Siblings||Brother– Brian Rapinoe
Sister– Rachael Rapinoe (Twin Sister)
|Favourite Person||Lori Lindsey
|Favourite Singer||Adele, Missy Higgins, Jack White, Florence Welch|
|Favourite Song||Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker|
|Favourite Movie||The Shawshank Redemption|
|Net Worth (approx.)||$2 million (as in 2019)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Megan Rapinoe
- Megan Rapinoe is an American soccer player. She plays for the United States women’s national soccer team. She is the captain of the football club Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. Megan helped the US win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- She was inspired by her older brother, Brian to play soccer, and she has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old.
- She considered herself a tomboy since she was a teenager.
- When she was in high school, she was on the honor roll of every semester.
- On March 1, 2003, she scored her 1st international goal against Mexico.
- She had to miss the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of two separate ACL (knee-ligament) injuries.
- She helped the U.S. team win silver at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- She helped the U.S. win gold at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- She advocates for several LGBT organizations, including the “Athlete Ally” and the “Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).”
- In 2013, the “Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center” awarded her with the Board of Directors Award.
- In March 2013, she was featured on the cover of the “Curve magazine”.
- She has also been featured in ESPN’s Body Issue in July 2014.
- She helped the United States win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- She won the “Golden Ball,” the “Golden Boot,” and the “Player of the Match” Awards in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup because of her outstanding performance.
- On 2 December 2019, she was named as the Best Female Player in the world when she was awarded the Ballon d’Or Award. Lionel Messi was named as the Best Player in the World alongside her at the Ballon d’Or event.