Megan Rapinoe Bio: Career, World Cup, Girlfriend & Net Worth

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Megan Rapinoe is a famous American soccer player who plays as a winger and captains OL Reign of the NWSL and the United States national team. She has won two World Cup titles and an Olympic Gold medal.

She is known for her playing skills on the field and activism off the pitch worldwide.

In July 2022, Rapinoe received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Joe Biden.

Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe (Source: Instagram)

In 2019, she was named Women’s Player of the Year by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

She was included in Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential Pople of 2020.

After all, the 38-year-old is undoubtedly a topic of curiosity for all people.

Let’s unravel all the stories of such inspiring personnel.

Let’s take a look at quick facts table. 

Megan Rapinoe | Quick Facts

Full Name Megan Anna Rapinoe
Birth Date July 5, 1985
Birth Place Redding, Shasta County, California, US
Nickname Pinoe, Rapinho, Rapinohdinho
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education University of Portland
Zodiac Cancer
Father’s Name Jim Rapinoe
Mother’s Name Denise Rapinoe
Siblings 5
Age 38 Years Old
Height 5 feet 6 inches / 168 cm / 1.68 m
Weight 60 kg / 132 lbs
Build Athletic
Eye color Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Profession Soccer Player
Playing Position Winger/Midfielder
Active Years (Senior Career) 2009-present
Team OL Reign, US National Women’s Soccer team
Sexual Orientation Lesbian
Marital Status Unmarried (Engaged)
Girlfriend’s Name Sue Bird (2017-present)
Net Worth $3 Million
Jersey Number 15
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Merch Book, Funko Pop, Posters, Rookie Card 
Last Update May, 2024

Megan Rapinoe | Family And Education

Megan spent her childhood and grew up with her five siblings in Redding, California. She was raised by her father, Jim Rapinoe, and her mother, Denise Rapinoe.

First, her older brother Brian was born and Megan was born with her twin sister Rachel after five years. Her mother Denise had to raise a son and a daughter from her previous marriage.

Megan Rapinoe With Her Sister
Megan Rapinoe With Her Sister (Source: Instagram)

She started playing soccer when she was three, following in her brother’s footsteps, who was her idol. However, due to his indulgence in drug abuse, he couldn’t continue his career.

Consequently, to avoid the trap of abuse, Megan and her sister Rachel focused extensively on their soccer career.

Megan Rapinoe | Career

Early Career

When she was young, Megan mostly played for the teams coached by her father. Moreover, she performed for the under-14 Northern California state Olympic Development Program team in 1999 and the same program’s regional team in 2002.

Surprisingly, she played for the Elk Grove Pride club’s soccer team instead of her high school team. She played in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with her sister, Rachel, and Stephanie Cox, her future national teammate.

Rapinoe, with her sister, enrolled at the University of Portland in Portland. In the meantime, she played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2004 and helped her team end the campaign with the third position.

She had an important role in the Pilots’ undefeated season in the 2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.

Remarkably, in 2005, she was listed on NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team, All-West Coast Conference First Team, and the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team.

Moreover, she was a starter in all 25 games where she played as a midfielder and scored 15 goals and 13 assists to register 43 points.

Despite suffering season-ending injuries both in 2006 and 2007, she was able to register 25 goals and 15 assists altogether in those seasons.

Eventually, after recovering, she returned and started all 22 games for the Pilots, bagging five goals and 13 assists. After that, however, she chose to enter the Women’s Professional Soccer Draft, although having a college eligibility season left.

Club Career

Women’s Professional Soccer

The Chicago Red Stars hired Rapinoe for the first season of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2009.

She started in 17 out of 18 games in 2009, netting two goals and providing three assists.

Further, in the 2010 season, she scored only a single goal in 19 out of 20 games. Later, she signed for Philadelphia Independence in December, where she played only four games.

Eventually, she was traded to MagicJack, with which she scored two goals causing her team to finish third in the league. She had to be a free agent for the 2012 season.

Sydney FC And Seattle Sounders Women

Megan signed for the Australian W-League team Sydney FC in October 2011 with a two-year contract as a guest player and helped the team finish third in the 2011-12 season.

Later, she joined Seattle Sounders Women during the 2012’s summer providing two assists in two appearances.

Olympique Lyonnais

Then, she signed for the French team Olympique Lyonnais in January 2013. To point out, with this team, she netted two goals in six appearances in the league season.

Moreover, she scored two and assisted one goal in her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut season, with Lyon defeated in the final.

Later, in the 2013-14 season, she scored three goals in 8 appearances in the league and four appearances in the Champions League. However, she left Lyon for Seattle Reign in January 2014 before the season ended.

Seattle Reign FC

Then, Megan joined Seattle Reign FC, where she had a vital role in ending the team’s goal drought by scoring five goals, the leading scorer on the team, in 12 out of 22 games of the 2013 NWSL season.

Again, in the 2014 season, she provided four goals and one assist to help the team win the league’s regular-season title, the NWSL Shield. The Reign FC honored her as a Reign FC Legend in September 2019.

International Career

Youth Team

Megan played for the US under-16 national soccer team in 2002. Later, she played for the US under-19 team during 2003-2005, where she scored nine goals in 21 appearances.

Notably, she scored three goals, the team’s highest, during the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship.

Senior Team

Rapinoe debuted for the senior national team in a friendly match against Ireland on July 23, 2006. After that, however, it was against Taiwan in a friendly match on October 1, 2006, and she scored for the first time.

She was included in the US team for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

During the campaign, she recorded one goal and three assists playing all six games achieving the silver medal with the 1-3 penalty defeat to Japan in the final.

Later, in the 2012 Olympics Games in London, she played a leading role in earning her team the goal medal with a 2-1 victory against Japan in the final.

Meanwhile, in the campaign, she registered three goals and four assists, including the first and so far the only Olimpico, which means netting directly from a corner kick.

Further, she received the “Player of the Tournament” title at the 2013 Algrave Cup, although she played only 2 out of 4 games for the team.

With no surprise, she was included in the team that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Individually, she scored two goals in the group stages of the tournament.

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Further

Likewise, she was the Golden ball-winning player in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning journey of the US national team, her third appearance in the tournament.

She netted Golden Boot winning six goals, including one in a 2-1 win against the Netherlands in the final.

Megan scored twice (including a second Olympic Olimpico) in a 4-3 win over Australia in the bronze medal match of the 2020 Summer Olympics on August 5.

U.S. women’s national team coach, Vlatko Andonovski, announced in February 2022, that Rapinoe would not be included on the national team roster for the SheBelieves Cup.

However, according to news released on June 14, 2022, Megan was named to the roster for the United States women as they embark on the CONCACAF W Championship, a summer tournament that serves as World Cup and Olympic qualifying.

She missed the early part of the 2022 NWSL season due to injury, she appeared for 45- minutes only. It is not a problem however it has not been a path to the U.S. call-up.

“Megan and I had a great conversation after the season last year and she understood the process that we’re going to go through and that this team will take,” U.S. head coach Vlatko said after announcing the roster.

Megan Rapinoe | Career Stats

Event STRT FC FA G SH YC RC ST
2021 NWSL 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 2

Learn more about her career stats on fbref.com.

Megan Rapinoe | Honors And Achievements

The two times FIFA World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist have earned many individual awards and titles with different teams.

To summarize her career at the individual level, she has been awarded Ballon d’Or Feminin 2019, The FIFA Best Women’s Player 2019, Golden Boot and Golden Ball in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, NWSL Player of the Week six times, and Algarve Cup MVP in 2013.

She has also been included in the 2019 FIFPro World XI, 2019 IFFHS Women’s World Team, and 2018 NWSL Best XI.

Her hometown of Redding gave her honor with a parade and named September 10 “Megan Rapinoe Day.”

Also, she was honored with the Harry Glickman Professional Female Athlete of the Year at Oregon Sports Award in February 2012.

Besides, she was inducted into the Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Also, she received the Best in Sports Shorty Award in 2020.

Megan Rapinoe | Net Worth, Salary, & Earnings

As of September 2024, Megan is estimated to have gathered a net worth of $3 million during her career as a professional soccer player.

It was speculated that she used to earn $168,000 during her days as a Seattle Reign FC player.

Only a few players are above her in the list of highest-paid American players. She is reported to have earned a salary of $245,869 for the 2019 World Cup-winning campaign.

Moreover, she has also signed endorsement deals with big companies like Nike and Samsung.

She has appeared in several advertisements for those companies and other brands like clothing company Wildfang, medical device company DJO Global, and energy brand Vitamin Water.

Likewise, she also earns sponsorships from BodyArmor, Hulu, VISA, etc. Furthermore, the soccer player owns a company with her twin sister, Rachel, named Rapinoe. 

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Megan Rapinoe | Activism And Philanthropy

Notably, Megan has been involved in the women’s team’s equal pay complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2016.

Along with 27 of her national teammates, she filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March 2019, blaming it for gender discrimination.

Also, she is famous for many philanthropic works for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and other soccer-related charities. Also, she serves as an advocate for several other LGBT organizations.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.”

Besides that, she supports the Women’s Sports Foundation and also received an award at the WSF Annual Salute.

Furthermore, through her actions and bravery, she has set a legacy for many young girls who aspire to be professional athletes. She is a firm advocate for equal pay, the LGBTQ community, and anti-racism. 

Megan Rapinoe | Relationship, Wedding, & Girlfriend

By her first year in college, she was well aware of her lesbian sexual orientation. Markedly, she publicized her relationship with Australian soccer player Sarah Walsh in 2009 through the July 2012 edition of Out magazine.

The relationship was reported to have ended in 2013. Later, she confirmed that she had been dating basketball player Sue Bird since 2016.

Megan Rapinoe With Her Girlfriend
Megan Rapinoe With Her Girlfriend For Nike Advertisement (Source: Instagram)

Moreover, the two recently got engaged in October 2020. Rapinoe posted a photo of the two in a swimming pool where Megan is on her knees and putting the ring on Sue’s hand.

In another photo, Rapinoe is flaunting the ring that Sue gave her. As of now, there is no news about the wedding, but it might be close. 

Social Media Presence

Being an activist and influencer, she is highly active on most social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

She shares news about her personal and professional life through her various social media platforms. You can also see snippets of her training and workouts. 

Besides that, you can gawk at her stunning outfits, best goals, career highlights, and new haircuts too. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Furthermore, the activist has also used her platform to raise awareness against systemic racism in America. Likewise, she is an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The status of her social media accounts is provided below:

Facebook: 725K Followers

Twitter: 906.3K Followers

Instagram: 2.1M Followers

Popularity Graph 

Megan Rapinoe is one of the renowned soccer players.

Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe Popularity Graph (Source: Google)

Megan’s search rate hiked because of her relationship status and her activism.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Has Megan Rapinoe sustained an injury?

No, the player seems perfectly fine. However, she tested positive for Covid recently in January of 2021. 

Nonetheless, she recovered well and is back on the field. 

What is the name of Megan Rapinoe’s documentary film?

The documentary film is called LFG. It also stars Megan’s teammates Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, and Sam Mewis.

Furthermore, former soccer player Julie Foudy also stars in the film. It details the journey of the US Women’s National Team, who sued the United States Soccer Federation for unequal pay.

Is Megan Rapinoe divorced?

No, Megan is not yet married but had relationships in the past.

She is in a relationship with Sue Bird and engaged to her since 2020.

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