Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's 2019 sportsperson of the year
Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated's 2019 'Sportsperson of the Year', making her the fourth woman to ever receive the honor.
This comes at the end of what has been a triumphant year for the soccer player, who led the US Women's National Team to victory at the fourth World Cup championship and advocated to close the pay gap between male and female players, as well as strived for LGBTQ+ rights.
In the video below, Rapinoe discusses being named the sportsperson of the year:
The award has been in existence for 66 years, and other recipients have included Chris Evert, Mary Decker, and Serena Williams, as per CBS Sports.
"Honored to win @SInow #Sportsperson of the Year!" the USWNT co-captain tweeted Monday. "I couldn't have done it without the fans. This award is for all of you."
But despite the honor, Rapinoe did appear to take a small dig at Sport Illustrated in her acceptance speech, saying: "Am I only the fourth woman worthy of this honor in 60 years? I don’t think so."
"She owned the biggest moment of her life and silenced all the doubters, all while becoming a voice for so many across the world," Sports Illustrated tweeted on Monday.
This tweet was accompanied by a picture of Rapinoe, 33, on the cover of the magazine. In it, she stands defiant holding a sledgehammer.
The US Women's National Team emerged victorious in July after defeating the Netherlands in the championship match. This was, in part, the result of Rapinoe's incredible goal-scoring, which earned her the Golden Boot.
This isn't the only award she has recently won earlier. She also received the women's Ballon d'Or earlier this month - an award presented to the year's best player.
Rapinoe hasn't just been a great role model for women with her work, she's also been an advocate for people of color too. She fully supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his decision not to stand during the National Anthem.
And the future is looking bright for the soccer player too. She has a book scheduled to be released in the fall of 2020.