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Megan Rapinoe’s clean sweep is reward for her influence on and off field

The Ballon d’Or is just the latest award for remarkable USA forward who has not shirked from voicing her opinions

It is a clean sweep. Megan Rapinoe’s lifting of the Ballon d’Or adds to a stunning year for the 34-year-old forward. A World Cup, Golden Ball, Golden Boot, Fifa best player of the year is joined by perhaps the most coveted individual prize.

“I can’t believe I’m the one winning it in this field,” said Rapinoe, in a video because she was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Paris. With Uefa’s European player of the year, Lucy Bronze, finishing behind her, her USA teammate Alex Morgan third and a shortlist that included the NWSL and W-League top scorer, Sam Kerr and Arsenal’s WSL golden boot winner, and the Netherlands all-time top scorer, Vivianne Miedema, Rapinoe is right to be as humbled as she seemed.

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