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“A Legend. An Icon”- Megan Rapinoe Gets Befitting Farewell From $139,000,000,000 Corp, USWNT, FIFA, and the Soccer Fraternity

Published 09/24/2023, 7:12 PM EDT

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On a bittersweet day for soccer fans across the globe, USWNT legend Megan Rapinoe bid farewell to her illustrious career. After 14 years of gracing the field and leaving an indelible mark on the sport, the legendary Rapinoe donned the USWNT jersey one last time. As her farewell game approached, soccer fraternities, players, and even multinational corporations joined forces to celebrate her remarkable journey.

In the friendly against South Africa, as she stepped onto the field for one final time, Megan Rapinoe wore the captain’s armband. The significance of this moment was not lost on anyone present. One could feel the weight of her contributions and the impact she has made on the sport.

Soccer fraternities pay their tribute to “All-American hero” Rapinoe

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The focus of the match is not on the result, but rather on the farewell of a true legend. It is a celebration to reflect on the extraordinary career Rapinoe has had. Nike, a corporation valued at a staggering $139 billion, took the opportunity to pay tribute to their endorsed star, Rapinoe. They created an animated video, shared on X, that highlighted the journey of Rapinoe throughout her career.

Accompanied by a heartfelt song, the video encapsulated the essence of her remarkable achievements. In the caption, Nike wrote, “A legend. An icon. An all-American hero. As Megan Rapinoe plays for the USWNT one last time, she knows the battle never ends. Let it rip”. The outpouring of adulation didn’t stop there.

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Former teammate Carli Lloyd took to her Instagram story to express her admiration for Rapinoe, reminiscing about the years they spent playing together. “Lots of crosses, assists, goals, celebrations, and some wild ups and downs during our journey! Congrats on an amazing career Megan Rapinoe”. Another USWNT star, Rose Lavelle, also took to social media to share fond memories of Rapinoe.

 

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Through a series of pictures, Lavelle immortalized the moments she had shared with her teammate. Along with the pictures, she also wrote a heartfelt message quoting, “Celebrating a one of kind player and person. Saying thank you doesn’t even do it justice. Love ya so big”. Alex Morgan, another well-known figure in the field, joined in paying homage to Megan Rapinoe.

In a heartfelt tribute on X, Morgan shared a collection of photos featuring herself and the talented Ol Reigns forward. Alongside the pictures, she expressed her emotions, stating, “14 years of hugs and cellys and trophies and tears together. All the feels for Pinoe’s last UWSNT game”. However, it’s not just the players who are honoring this legendary legacy of Megan Rapinoe.

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Soccer World bids its farewell to Megan Rapinoe

The global soccer community is coming together to honor and pay tribute to Rapinoe as she prepares to retire from the sport. MLS, the official Instagram handle, expressed their gratitude by writing, “Thank you for all you’ve given to the beautiful game and off the pitch”. The FIFA Women’s World Cup official account referred to her as an “Icon, Legend, and Trailblazer“.

The NWSL also acknowledged her immense contribution and leadership. In their tweet, they wrote, “The game wouldn’t be where it is today without your immense contribution & leadership!”

Even rival teams like Angel City FC took a moment to show their thanks with a simple message of gratitude. NJ/NY Gotham FC also had some words of their own after Rapinoe got substituted in the match. “Take a bow, Rapinoe,” they said.

And finally, the USWNT, the team Rapinoe has bid farewell to, wrote a heartfelt message. “Trailblazer. Icon. Inspiration. You’ve made this sport, this country, and this world a better place. Thank you, Megan Rapinoe,” the message read.

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The support and respect shown to Rapinoe exemplify her impact on the sport. Megan Rapinoe’s retirement marks the end of an era. But her influence will continue to inspire future generations of soccer players and fans alike.

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Saransh Chauhan

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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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