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Megan Rapinoe opens up about individual awards

The Best and Women's Ballon d'Or winner Megan Rapinoe not thinking she's Messi

December 31, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
Megan Rapinoe has had a decorated 2019 year winning all sorts of individual awards, but she doesn't think of herself as Lionel Messi.

Megan Rapinoe had a decorated 2019 season despite not being the best footballer in the world and she has spoken out about it to Guardian Sport.


"I'm not out here being like: 'I'm the best player,'" said Rapinoe. "I'm probably not even the best player on my team, much less the best player in the world."


Rapinoe was handed The Best FIFA Women's Player award and the Women's Ballon d'Or earlier this year. In addition, the American forward was named the Guardian Footballer of the Year becoming the fourth recipient of this award following Fabio Pisacane, Juan Mata and Khadija "Bunny" Shaw. But thriving under pressure is what set the USA apart in France 2019 according to Rapinoe.


"There is no more pressure that anyone else can put on us that we haven't already put ourselves," said Rapinoe. "For us, it is a catastrophe if we don't win the World Cup. We feel it all the time."


Critics were quick to point out that three of her six FIFA Women's World Cup goals were converted from the penalty spot and her failure to assist any of the remaining 20 Team USA goals.


"We draw penalties and you have to score them," said Rapinoe.


In terms of individual awards, Rapinoe understands their value but admits she feels uncomfortable with them.


"It was such a massive team effort. I'm not out here thinking I'm Lionel Messi, you know?" said Rapinoe. "I'm not at that level but to be able to couple everything together is the most important thing; we are seeing the world change around us and we're a big part of it. That feeling is almost addictive and motivating."



Rapinoe took some time to put words together to explain how she felt about winning the Women's Ballon d'Or via an Instagram post on December 2. In her humble post, she dedicated the award to the team and each of the individual's friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands and the thousands of fans.


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This year has been the craziest of them all. I don't even really know how put into words how special this has been. The TEAM shook the world, and continues to. Yes the 23 players on the field, yes the coaching staff, and extended staff for the team, but the TEAM I'm talking about goes far beyond those who are lucky enough to wear the crest. The TEAM is our family, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands. The TEAM is the thousands of fans who cheered for a team that asked them to care more about just the game of soccer, more than just themselves, more than just people who looked like them, more than just winning. For that, I am forever grateful. I think this World Cup win, and all the subsequent wins, both personal and team, feel so special because for the first time in a long time, it feels like WE ALL WON. And while I am truly honored to win @francefootball Ballon D'Or, I'd like to accept this on behalf of us ALL. WE DESERVE THIS. I am forever grateful to my beautiful family I know for a fact I wouldn't be here with out you @sbird10 I love you forever

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She has given credit to everyone except herself for her individual awards.



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