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“She’s a Complete Bada**”: Megan Rapinoe Paid Bizarre Tribute to Tennis Legend Serena Williams While Calling Her Role Model in 2019

Published 11/11/2022, 5:00 PM EST

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When it comes to women’s soccer, Megan Rapinoe needs no introduction. Rapinoe’s captaincy of the USWNT has elevated her to superstar status. During her years in college, she caught the eye of the USWNT, and the rest is history. Being one of the most recognized soccer players out there has also made her stand for a lot of other things, which have helped a lot of people from different communities.

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In an interview, Megan Rapinoe revealed that her role model was none other than 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. Despite both being from different sports, Williams has been an influential figure for Rapinoe. She talks about how Williams dominates everywhere she goes, whether it be on the tennis court or in any event or on any issue. She has been a real superstar for our superstar!


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The way she influenced Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe who has been the key to success for the USWNT, admires Serena Williams. Rapinoe had led the United States to the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup championships. She is keeping up with her superstar status.

“She’s a complete bada**,” Rapinoe starts with a compliment towards the 23-time Grand Slam champion.


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“(Serena’s) doing it all with such style, doing it in the face of so much adversity and controversy,” Rapinoe said and continued, “She hasn’t really been allowed to be just Serena Williams, there’s always something that comes with it.” 

The way she expressed her feelings for Williams demonstrates how much she admires her.

Her performance on the court does not alone earn her respect. But also from her getting involved in adversity and controversy and still standing strong.

Rapinoe as a leader

As the name goes with the title of a superstar, Rapinoe has also contributed a lot to the USWNT off-field. She leads the entire team, whether it is in the game of soccer or fighting for their rights.

She has been considering social issues and taking them into her own hands. Rapinoe has supported the “Black Lives Matter” movement. She has also spoken out against the ban on transgender youth from playing sports.


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She and her teammates have even once sued the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender pay inequity.


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She is what every leader should be supporting her team on and off the field. What do you think of our superstar’s idol? Do you also have someone who has inspired you, just like Serena Williams inspired Megan Rapinoe? Let us know in the comment section.

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Written by:

Rahul Goutam Hoom


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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.
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