Unearthed Image Shows 7 ft. Shaquille O’Neal Towering Over USWNT Legend Megan Rapinoe in a Rare Meeting

Published 09/12/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

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Since Megan Rapinoe joined the USWNT, she has led her team from the front. The soccer star has numerous triumphs, leading the group. However, from time to time, Megan stands out for having a strong voice and viewpoint, which has caused several controversies.

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Once during the Sports Illustration event, Rapinoe was captured with a seven-foot-tall NBA player. The image caught everyone’s attention due to their height difference.

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Megan Rapinoe with Shaquille O’Neal

In the event of Sports Illustration in 2019, Rapinoe was spotted on the red carpet with NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, and Ally Sentnor. As the UPI pictures handle shared their picture from the red carpet, Megan and Shaq’s height caught a lot of attention.

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While they captioned the picture, “@SHAQ, 2019 #Sportsperson of the Year Megan Rapinoe @mpinoe, Noah Schnapp and Sports Illustrated Kids Sportskid of the Year, Ally Sentnor, arrive at the 2019 @SInow. Sportsperson Of The Year Awards on Dec. 9, 2019, in NYC. Photos by John Angelillo for @UPI.”

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The picture clearly showed how the seven-foot Shaq’s height stands out, 5’6″ tall Megan. Meanwhile, Rapinoe and Noah have a slight difference in their heights.

On the other hand, Ally was the little one with her beautiful dress. In another picture of a soccer star, Shaq rested his hands on her shoulder while she was grinning. Also, it can be said, with Megan’s height, it was her shining confidence that made her stand out in pictures.

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Rapinoe’s confidence throughout the year

Without a doubt, Megan has demonstrated her abilities on the field numerous times. The USWNT sensation has accomplished the respect of soccer lovers. The attributes she showed in her field tremendously motivate young people to aspire. She has received criticism numerous times but has never shied away from confronting them. In many interviews, she also described the values these critics have in her life and the morals she learns from them.

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From time to time, she is also widely known for her steadfast activism. Rapinoe’s campaign to eradicate gender-based discrimination brought a brief discussion to the attention of the entire world. Many celebrities came to her support, while some even criticized her. She has been an active vocalist for issues like pay equity as well. In addition, there was a time when the star faced backlashes due to protesting against gender discrimination and police brutality.

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Ishani Yadav

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Ishani Yadav is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. Ishani spent her childhood playing baseball and badminton, which led to her passion for sports.
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