Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

Megan Rapinoe collected another accolade in a stellar year by claiming Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year honor on Monday for her performance on the USA women's World Cup-winning soccer team and for her campaigning off the field.

Rapinoe rocketed to household fame this year, taking home the Golden Boot and Golden Ball from the World Cup as top scorer and best player, as the US retained the trophy and on the way became advocates for gender pay equity in sport.

Rapinoe scored six goals during a dominant World Cup run, but the team perhaps gained more scrutiny for a comment made by Rapinoe during an interview, when she said "I'm not going to the f***ing White House" if the team won.

Sports Illustrated also referenced Rapinoe's tendency to use her platform to advocate for "equality for all".

"Megan Rapinoe is Sportsperson of the Year, though, not because of her newfound fame but because of how she's handled it", the cover story said.

The soccer star has been outspoken on issues on equal pay and racial and social justice, gaining attention earlier this year when asked by a reporter if she would go to the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.

Past Sportspersons of the Year include Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Wayne Gretsky, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, the Golden State Warriors and the U.S. Women's National Soccer team.

Rapinoe and her teammates are now preparing for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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