“FIFA Is About Corruptly Making as Much Money as Possible”- American Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Rips Into the Biggest Sports Organization

Published 11/10/2022, 10:06 AM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Women – Gold medal match – United States v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 8, 2021. United States soccer player Megan Rapinoe watch the match from the stands REUTERS/Sergio Perez

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe is one of the most outspoken athletes in the world. She never shies away from speaking her mind on social issues. Rapinoe has been a frontrunner when it comes to the fight for gender equality. The 37-year-old soccer star played an important role in achieving equal pay. However, her opinions have led to her being slammed by several fans and pundits around the world.

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But that has never stopped Rapinoe from taking a stand. From taking a knee to advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, Megan Rapinoe has been a headline-maker in the past few years. She once slammed FIFA over its scheduling of women’s matches and equal pay. Now, she has gone on to call the biggest soccer organization corrupt.

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Megan Rapinoe, who is set to become a free agent in the off-season, has been an important figure among the USWNT players. She has a lot of experience as a soccer player and is a role model for many players trying to make it to professional soccer. However, she has faced a fair share of hatred and criticism. But she hasn’t stopped and continues to vouch for what she feels is right.

The OL Reign midfielder hasn’t been a big fan of FIFA, the biggest soccer body in the world. FIFA is facing a lot of criticism lately due to controversies surrounding the host nation, Qatar. Rapinoe recently claimed that the organization doesn’t care much despite being the most important body.

Megan Rapinoe slams FIFA, says they only care about money

Megan Rapinoe recently appeared on the ‘Pod Save the World’ podcast co-hosted by Tommy Vietor and Roger Bennett. During the podcast, she was asked about her opinion on FIFA.

To this, Rapinoe replied: “FIFA is one of the most important entities and the most powerful entities in the world. Whether that’s political or governments or sports.”

People walk next to a sculpture of the World Cup trophy in front of Khalifa International Stadium ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup soccer tournament in Doha, Qatar November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

“And I’ve said before that FIFA doesn’t care because they don’t. And it’s very clear what they do care about. FIFA is about corruptly making as much money as possible,” she continued.

Rapinoe is among the most successful soccer players in the world. She has some of the most coveted awards that many top players would be envious of. She once slammed FIFA for the inequality in pay for women’s players. So, her recent criticism doesn’t come as a surprise.

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The prize money for FIFA’s top men’s competition is $400 million, while the women’s competition gets $30 million. There is a huge difference in the prize money between the men’s and women’s categories. Rapinoe slammed FIFA for the stark difference in the finances involved. However, FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has claimed that the Women’s World Cup prize money will be doubled in the next edition.

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What do you think of the parity in the prize money in the men’s and women’s world cup? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Sreeda U M

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