Sergio Moraleda


Megan Rapinoe, the leading advocate for pay equality in soccer, retired in 2023.


In terms of her sporting career, Megan Rapinoe, now retired, has been one of the major figures in women's soccer worldwide.

Throughout her career, the forward has achieved two World Cup titles, two Olympic medals, three CONCACAF championships, a FIFA The Best award, and the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

A successful career that she has managed to balance with her steadfast commitment to feminism, racial equality, and the LGBTQ+ movement.

In 2022, she and her teammates achieved pay parity between the U.S. women's and men's national teams, This set a precedent that many countries have since followed.

Following a friendly match against Nigeria, and on the same pitch at Audi Field in Washington, they signed a collective bargaining agreement extending until 2028.

Rapinoe has also shown strong commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. She came out as gay herself more than a decade ago.

In recent times, she has particularly shown her support for the transgender community, stating, "I see trans women as real women."

In 2016, she also showed her support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he knelt during the US anthem in protest against racist violence.

Although the 49ers player was expelled from the league for this, Rapinoe imitated him, becoming the first white athlete to do so.

She has also been involved in gun control, raising awareness of mental health, and combating misogyny in sports.

In fact, after winning the 2019 World Cup, she refused to visit President Donald Trump, as his ideals contradicted the values she stands for.

However, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2022, becoming the first soccer player to receive this distinction.