MILAN — Megan Rapinoe won her first FIFA player of the year award at a lavish ceremony at Milan’s iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday.
Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women’s World Cup title in July, beating out her teammate Alex Morgan.
Rapinoe took the time during her acceptance speech to speak out on several social issues.
“If everyone was as outraged about homophobia as the LGBTQ players, if everyone was as outraged about equal pay or the lack thereof or the lack of investment in the women’s game other than just women – that would be the most inspiring thing to me. I feel like that’s my ask of everybody. We have such an incredible opportunity being professional football players. We have so much success, financial and otherwise. We have incredible platforms. I ask everyone here because I think everyone in this room has that crown that they’re bearing, lend your platform to other people. Lift other people up. Share your success. We have a unique opportunity in football different to any other sport in the world to use this beautiful game to actually change the world for better. Do something. Do anything.”
Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot for the World Cup’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.
The other finalist for the award was England forward Lucy Bronze.
Head coach Jill Ellis won the women’s coach award.