With more than 200 caps and two World Cups won, one of the greatest players in history will retire internationally this weekend, after a real fiasco.
A superstar of women's football will hang up her boots for the national team this weekend. Without doubt one of the best players on the planet and of all time. It includes &agrav; his prize list of two World Cups, a gold medal at the Olympic Games, a Ballon d'Or and two French championships, one of the best in women's football, & its assets. Despite After these numerous successes, history will undoubtedly remember a final tragic and humiliating sequence this summer.
Megan Rapinoe announced his international retirement à following the FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer. She will play, à 38 years old, his last match for the national team this Sunday September 24 against South Africa. Captain and emblematic player of the United States, Megan Rapinoe will also have marked the whole of society American and beyond for his commitment to LGBT+ rights, the right to abortion, & equality salary or even against the policies of Donald Trump. This weekend, she will celebrate her 203rd cap with her national team, for which she scored 63 goals.
The United States selection has long hovered over the competition. world women's football, notably thanks to Megan Rapinoe. But this hegemony came to an end in the round of 16 of the 2023 World Cup, with such a surprising elimination How humiliating for her and for her team. Favorites face à Sweden, the Americans were defeated. unable to make a difference on the field (0-0) and ended up being pitifully eliminated on penalties (3 tab &agrav; 2) .
We will especially remember the missed penalty. by Megan Rapinoe herself, abruptly ending her success story with a "catastrophe" in his own words and provoking an outburst from conservatives and Trump supporters across the Atlantic, who found it wrong. in this "fail" a way to get revenge. "It's the failure of woke thinking", Donald Trump will even rejoice on the R& eac;social networks, openly mocking the star: "nice shot Megan".
It is in this context that Megan Rapinoe says goodbye to the United States jersey. She will even retire from sports later in life. at the end of the 2023 season. She is also playing her final matches in the jersey of OL Reign (formerly Seattle Reign FC), a franchise with which she twice reached the final of the American championship without ever winning it. Megan Rapinoe also played one year &agrav; Olympique Lyonnais, winning two French championship titles in the process, and playing in a Champions League final.
Megan Rapinoe looked back on her memories with the national selection: "I keep in memory the chants (in the public) for the' ;éequalityé salary after the final (of the 2019 World Cup, & in Lyon). Of course, there have been the World Cups played, the championships won… But knowing that we have used the world cups, the championships we have won, etc. our talent for doing something that has changed; the world forever, that's what matters most to me.
She notably obtained, with her teammates in selection, equality in the competition. salary between women and men on the United States national football team. Since 2021, the American Soccer Federation has paid an identical salary but also equal competition bonuses to players in the league. ;election. Commercial revenues are also shared across the board. equality between the two teams.