first_imgnews Share on Pinterest Megan Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped USA to retain the World Cup.“I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move to the next step,” she said after hearing an “equal pay” chant ring round after the final and the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, being booed. “I think we’re done with: ‘Are we worth it, should we have equal pay, is the market the same?’ Yada yada. Netherlands women’s football team Megan Rapinoe on the spot as USA beat Netherlands to win Women’s World Cup Reuse this content Women’s World Cup 2019 “Everyone’s done with that; fans are done with that, players are done with that. In a lot of ways I think sponsors are done with that. Let’s get to the next point. What’s next? How do we support women’s federations and women’s programmes around the world? What can Fifa do to do that? What can we do to support the leagues around the world?” she said, having rocked into the press conference late, exclaiming “I just killed doping!”“We as players, every player at this World Cup, put on the most incredible show that you could ever ask for. We cannot do anything more to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better or do anything. It’s time to take it forward to the next step. A little public shame never hurt anybody, right? I’m down with the boos.”The USA manager, Jill Ellis, paid tribute to her Golden Boot and Golden Ball winger and defended her outspoken ways. “Megan was built for this, built for these moments, built to be a spokesperson,” Ellis said. “She’s eloquent. She speaks well and from the heart. I never had any worries about Megan speaking out. The bigger the spotlight the more she shines.”Ellis praised the growth of the game after USA overcame tough tests against France, Spain and England on their way to the final. “I think the level overall around the world is growing exponentially,” she said. “This was incredibly difficult. I think the teams we’ve had to come through were very difficult.” Topics USA women’s football team Different game for USA but Megan Rapinoe makes sure result is the same Women’s World Cup Read more Read more Women’s football Megan Rapinoe Share on Twitter Share via Email There were rumblings of discontent within the camp, and with Ellis, after a disappointing exit to Sweden in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Olympics. Ellis, though, brushed off a potential ‘I told you so’ moment. “I don’t care,” she said. “I never read what people thought. I knew after 2016 we had to deconstruct and reconstruct. We just had to continue to evolve. Deepening our squad, giving more people opportunities, vetting people. I don’t have to talk about critics I don’t care. People out here know a tenth of what we do. I’m very proud of these players.”On her now signature arms-outstretched celebration Rapinoe said: “I’m generally pretty off the cuff, so I change them up a lot. This just seemed right in the moment to have me and what I stand for with a big shit-eating grin on my face. For all the women players who’ve played in this it’s iconic of what we go through but we still put this product out on the pitch. It seemed to be working in the moment.”Ellis was asked whether they would be invited to the White House. “I wouldn’t bet on that,” she replied with a grin.Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messengerlast_img

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