The American soccer star achieved international fame with her on-field accomplishments and her off-field personality and activism.Olympic champion and two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe took her final bow in international football after the U.S. beat South Africa 2-0 in a friendly on Sunday in the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago.
The relentless 38-year-old striker was crucial to both of her team’s goals, providing the long pass to Alex Morgan that set up Trinity Rodman’s goal and taking the corner that Emily Sonnett headed into the back of the net.
Rapinoe, who won the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball and the Ballon d’Or for her role in the U.S. 2019 World Cup campaign, received a heartfelt farewell as she left the field in the 52nd minute to a standing ovation from the crowd, handed the captain’s arm band to Lindsey Horan and hugged her teammates.
“It has been such an honor to be able to wear this shirt and to play with all these amazing players and to just live out my childhood dream,” Rapinoe said at the end of the game.Her activism and off-field personality brought her to achieve household fame after supporting causes such as LGBTQ rights, speaking out against racism and standing up for equal pay in women’s soccer.
Rapinoe is scheduled to play her last National Women’s Soccer League regular-season game with OL Reign on Oct. 6 against Washington Spirit in Seattle.