Megan Rapinoe quotes talk about inequality in many forms and about playing soccer. She was one of the players that were instrumental in the USA women’s soccer team’s victory of the World Cup. It takes a team to win cups, but Rapinoe and Alex Morgan were crucial players in the success of the team. Rapinoe won the ballon d’Or in 2019.
Megan Rapinoe is an American soccer player who captains the US national team. She is a very well-known sport and public figure and has been pushing for equal pay for women in a sport where men receive way more than women do. She joined a list of others who paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna after the horrific crash. Below are a number of quotes from her.
“I think the national team is more like a traveling circus. It's hard to get that translation into the NWSL teams.”
“With the national team, we have these fans, people love of us, people come up to us in our cities, and they're like, 'We love you - what are you doing in Seattle?' And I'm like, 'I live here, and I've played here for the last five years.'”
“We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”
“I think, in a large way, it's, 'OK, you've knelt; you've made your point.' But I don't necessarily feel like that. I don't know what that looks like. Do I kneel forever? I don't know, probably not. But I think until I can feel like I'm being more effective in other ways, then this seems appropriate to me.”
“We didn't lose a game at home for two years. What are we missing? We have the product on the field. We're exciting.”
“We need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated.”
“I feel in my heart it is right to continue to kneel during the national anthem, and I will do whatever I can to be part of the solution.”
“I have chosen to kneel because I simply cannot stand for the kind of oppression this country is allowing against its own people.”
“I can understand if you think that I'm disrespecting the flag by kneeling, but it is because of my utmost respect for the flag and the promise it represents that I have chosen to demonstrate in this way.”
“When I take a knee, I am facing the flag with my full body, staring straight into the heart of our country's ultimate symbol of freedom - because I believe it is my responsibility, just as it is yours, to ensure that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country.”
“I take playing for my country very seriously. It's a huge honor.”
“We're gracious and we're humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose.”
“Being a woman, we talk about equal pay all the time. We're not talking about if you're black or if you are Latina. I would like to get back to that and improving the relationship between the police community and the community of color. I don't know exactly all the right things to say, but I want to engage in that conversation.”
“To say I am not mentally tired in ways and exhausted in ways would be a lie.”
“I think I have unique qualities that other people don't have that can contribute to the team.”
“Our team, in general, is in a position where people look up to us, and kids look up to us. I embrace that, and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it's pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There's really not that many out athletes. It's important to be out and to live my life that way.”
“I don't think there's any perfect way to protest.”
“It's really obvious that we have very serious inequality in this country across many different spectrums. Yes, we can talk about the form of protest or the way it's done or this or that. But it's still not really the conversation that I think we desperately need to have more of in this country.”
“I think, bottom line, I have to be good enough to make the team. I have to bring something in and beat somebody else out, especially with a smaller roster for the Olympics.”
“Just emotionally, as amazing as it is to win the World Cup, it's emotionally draining in many ways.”
“I think it's very difficult, and people don't give enough credit to how hard it is to do in-game commentary. I'd have a lot of work to do, but I'd definitely be interested. I'm always interested in breaking down the game, and I'd love to see more females doing it.”
“It's often hard to just throw money at a problem when you don't really know what the problem is.”
“I think that a lot of these cops have been put in very difficult situations and tasked with very difficult jobs with very little training and very little help.”
“It seems like I'm thinking 400 hours a day; that's kind of how it feels.”
“Obviously to be on this team, to be able to represent my country and have the platform that I do, I'm incredibly grateful for it.”
“I think we need to keep our faces out there and to keep our game out there and keep it growing.”
“Everyone who has a pair of eyes in this country understands the racial tensions and the issues we have are very serious and they're not going away. Just because we had Barack Obama as our president and, on paper, everything looks equal, it's very clearly not."
“If we want to be proud to be from a country like America and all the things that we hang our hats on, like diversity, equality, land of the free and home of the brave, it's everybody's responsibility to ensure that everyone in the country is being afforded the same rights.”
“One of the U.S. Soccer Federation's points is that it's an honour and a privilege to to play for this country, and it is. But we also represent the entire country, and the idea of liberty and justice isn't afforded to everyone.”
“You have someone like Colin or many of the other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you're not respecting what they're saying, if you're not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality, you're saying that they're lying.”
“Being female and an advocate for equal opportunities, I want to see an equal representation in people applying for the head coach job for the women's team.”
“It's frustrating sometimes: as an athlete, you're thrust into the spotlight, and you know, I think this team has always done a really amazing job of understanding that we have this incredible platform; let's do something good with it.”
“I think our existence in professional sports is almost a protest in and of itself in sometimes the very sexist society that we live in. For us, it's just kind of right in line with what we always do.”
“Honestly, I feel like we are a walking protest. The fact that we're women professional athletes says that in and of itself. We've been feeling the inequality; we've been struggling with pay equality or whatever it is, or sexism in sports.”
“I feel like it's actually everybody's responsibility to use whatever platform they have to do good in the world, basically, and to try to make our society better, whether you're an accountant or an activist or an athlete or whatever it is. I think it's everybody's responsibility.”
“For us, the conversation is always about getting paid what we feel like we're worth and getting paid as the sport grows and as we help grow the sport.”
“Maybe you're not having a thousand times more injuries, but there's an aspect to the purity of the game and the quality of the game that is played on grass that is different on turf."
“I think it's absolutely absurd that we're playing on turf, and it's really a slap in the face to women's football by FIFA and just a show of disrespect.”
“If there's one thing this team doesn't lack, it's competitiveness and a desire to win. No matter if we come off a win or come off a loss, it seems like we don't really care. We're always motivated to win."
"Be honest about how you approach failure. Don't just be critical of yourself, because that can be self-serving. Approach it honestly, assess your performance, and assess the areas where you have fallen short. Correct them and move on. Don't dwell on it. Don't hold on to it.”
"A typical week of training leading up to a major championship is like the sprinkling of parsley at the end of a dish. It's just the final little touches, that last little bit of strength or fitness, but mostly you are ready and are just maintaining and staying healthy.”
"Over the years, I have really figured out what works for me. It's not about what anyone else is doing. I can't worry about whether I am doing everything that another player is doing, which can be hard sometimes. I have to trust my training and know my body and figure out what will get the best out of me."
“I've had to learn how to listen to my body over the years and figure out how it all works together. I'm not invincible, so focusing on training my whole body and injury prevention have been extremely important.”
“Being a winger or a wide mid, I have to run continuously for 90 minutes, which not only takes endurance but also strength in my legs to be able to be explosive for 90 minutes. I think weight training has really allowed me to sustain for those 90 minutes.”
“When we, as a nation, put our minds to something, when we truly choose to care about something, change always happens.”
Megan Rapinoe quotes may have many controversial topics yet she has been an inspiration to many. In 2019, Rapinoe sent a message to President Donald Trump via a CNN interview, telling him he needed to do better. I hope something she has said will be a means of motivating others to be successful in life.