Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the Golden Ball at the Women’s World Cup. (Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)
PARIS — U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe won another major honor Monday.
She captured the women’s Ballon d’Or at an awards ceremony in the country in which the USWNT took home another Women’s World Cup trophy.
And the sun also rises.
The 34-year-old forward Rapinoe enjoyed a remarkable World Cup, pacing the Americans to their second world championship in a row and fourth overall. For her performance, Rapinoe earned the Golden Ball and Golden Boot of the competition.
And now, this.
“It’s been an incredible year,” Rapinoe said in a recorded video message. Rapinoe could not attend due to another commitment.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my teammates, the coaches, the U.S. Soccer Federation, for all of the support to allow me to be who I am and do what I do on the field but also be the person who I am off the field,” she added.
“I’m so sorry I can’t be there. I was looking forward to mixing it up with everyone but I’ll do my best to get back there next year.”
Rapinoe was one of Americans nominated for the award, along with Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan, who finished third in the balloting. France Football conducts the annual vote via a panel of 40 international journalists.
England’s Lucy Bronze, who won the Champions League with Lyon before reaching the World Cup semifinals before losing to the U.S., took second place.