Megan Rapinoe

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Megan Rapinoe is a professional footballer for OL Reign, in the United States. She's also the captain of the US national team, and current World Cup Champion. Rapinoe has become a well known activist for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. With 59 goals in 176 appearances at international level, and with 2 World Cup winners medals and an Olympic Gold Medal she will be remembered as one of the US' greatest ever players. Rapinoe also won the coveted Ballon d'Or trophy in 2019. 

Off the field, Rapinoe has established herself as a social activist bringing attention to a number of key issues. She has played a leading role in the US Women's National Team's fight for equal pay. She also famously took a knee to raise awareness around racial inequality, becoming the second famous sports star to do so (after the NFL's Colin Kaepernick).

 

Rapinoe also famously declined former US President, Donald Trump's invitation to the White House in protest of his administration's perceived homophobic policies. She also said “I feel like I’m a walking protest” when asked if she ever feels strange wearing a U.S. soccer jersey whilst Trump is president. Rapinoe has also been invited, by current US President Joe Biden, to work with the White House in fighting to ensure equal pay and rights for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States.