Megan Rapinoe admits her surprise at the Best Women's World XI of 2020

Megan Rapinoe admits her surprise at being selected in The Best Women’s World XI of 2020 despite not playing a game since MARCH… as USA star says including her PROVES women’s football doesn’t get enough funding or exposure

  • Megan Rapinoe was named in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI on Thursday
  • The American star took to Twitter to share her appreciation for the recognition
  • However, she admitted her surprise having not played for the last nine months
  • Rapinoe felt her inclusion highlighted the need for funding for the female game 

Megan Rapinoe has admitted her surprise at being named in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI during The Best awards on Thursday.

The American star took to Twitter to share her appreciation for the recognition but claimed it was a surprise considering she hasn’t played a match in the last nine months.

Rapinoe felt her inclusion highlighted the need for move funding for the female game so her counterparts can gain greater recognition by being given the chance to be seen on TV. 

Megan Rapinoe (above) was named in the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI at The Best Awards

Rapinoe was named alongside Christiane Endler, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Millie Bright, Delphine Cascarino, Barbara Bonansea, Veronica Boquete, Pernille Harder, Vivianne Miedema and Tobin Heath

Rapinoe was named alongside Christiane Endler, Lucy Bronze, Wendie Renard, Millie Bright, Delphine Cascarino, Barbara Bonansea, Veronica Boquete, Pernille Harder, Vivianne Miedema and Tobin Heath for the FIFPro World XI.

And despite the fact the FIFPro World XI is voted for by players, Rapinoe felt her consideration undermined the work of her ‘phenomenal’ team-mates and opponents.

She Tweeted: ‘I am obviously very honoured to have been recognised by my peers around the world who vote for the FIFPRO World XI.

At the same time, it did come as a surprise to me that I met the criteria for selection as I haven’t played in a match since March (2021, here I come!).

The American star took to Twitter to share her appreciation for the recognition

‘We have so many phenomenal female players around the world, and all of us need to do what we can to recognise them.

‘The fact that I was selected once again sheds light on the fact that in order to push our game forward we need continued investment in the women’s game to give more female players the opportunity to be seen on TV in their home countries and globally while performing for club and country.’

Rapinoe, who is playing for OL Reign in the NWSL, is  one of the most famous female footballers in the world. 

She was named the 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or thanks to her performance in the World Cup – which the USA won for the. fourth time. 

However, it was England’s Lucy Bronze who won the 2020 title for Best Women’s Player.  

However, it was England’s Lucy Bronze (above) who won the 2020 title for Best Women’s Player




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