Megan Rapinoe wins 2019 Women's Ballon d'Or

Megan Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or as the top women’s player of the year after leading the United States to the World Cup title in July.

Rapinoe led the USA to its fourth world title with both goals in the 2-1 wins over Spain and France in the round of 16 and quarterfinals and first goal from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.

Rapinoe played only six games for the NWSL's Reign FC and didn't score a goal, but that was ignored by France Football's jury of international journalists.

Rapinoe, who did not attend the ceremonies at the the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, beat out England's Lucy Bronze and American teammate Alex Morgan in the voting.

Bronze was one of four players from Lyon in the top 10. Norwegian teammate Ada Hegerberg won the Women's Ballon d’Or in 2018, the first year it was awarded.

France Football has been awarding the Men's Ballon d’Or since 1956 when the first winner was Stanley Matthews.

2019 Women's Ballon d’Or, Top 10:
1. Megan Rapinoe (USA)
2. Lucy Bronze (England)
3. Alex Morgan (USA)
4. Ada Hegerberg (Norway)
5. Viviane Miedema (Netherlands)
6. Wendie Renard (France)
7. Sam Kerr (Australia)
8. Rose Lavelle (USA)
9. Ellen White (England)
10. Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany)
12 comments about "Megan Rapinoe wins 2019 Women's Ballon d'Or".
  1. Peter Bechtold, December 3, 2019 at 2:22 p.m.

    This is a total farce/charade. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I am surprised that the voters of France Football did not(apparently) watch many of the USWNT games. Had they done so carefully, they would have observed that Rapinoe was not even among the top three players on the USWNT, using common soccer/football criteria. Nor was she the most valuable player on her club team, FC Tacoma Reign, as you implied in your summary.
    Yes, she was the leading scorer in the WC, but only b/c most of her goals were penalty kicks, which she took well, to be fair. What clearly helped her in this year's awards was that she was the leading figure among her teammates in fighting for womens rights and gay rights as she herself said, over and over. That was her right.
    But to be honored as the world's top female SOCCER player ? Come on!
    BTW, since all USWNT players were paid to play in NWSL, who was their MVP ? I don't know; can somebody help ?

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, December 3, 2019 at 5:41 p.m.

    Peter, I agree with your sentiment, but the vote is predictable. The World Cup was played in France. Rapinoe had a huge game when the USA knocked France out of the competition, scoring both US goals. I doubt many of the voters pay any attention to NWSL matches.

  3. R2 Dad replied, December 4, 2019 at 2:12 p.m.

    PB, I don't think you should discount her creativity contribution. How many goals were scored when she was on the pitch? This is a team sport. I think MR is still the most creative on the team, followed by Tobin Heath. Going forward, as other nations have caught up physically and surpassed us technically, creativity will count for more--as it should. Look to the men's side for confirmation. How did the USMNT play without CP on the field? He doesn't need to score goals to be the most important player in the team.

  4. Alan Blackledge replied, December 5, 2019 at 8:01 p.m.

    PB, couldn't agree more with your assesment...

  5. uffe gustafsson, December 3, 2019 at 5:31 p.m.

    Kerr was the mvp of nwsl.
    but of the National players I believe it’s Press.
    she played more games and scored lots of goals.

  6. Peter Bechtold replied, December 3, 2019 at 7:20 p.m.

    Thanks. A good choice IMO.

  7. John Polis, December 3, 2019 at 8:55 p.m.

    Worst player ever to receive this award. She wasn't even the best player on her team. Whatever prestige this award stands for (which is especially unclear after this selection) has taken a big nosedive. 

  8. R2 Dad replied, December 4, 2019 at 11:58 p.m.

    Rapinoe (played 5 games) tied with Mewis (6 games) and Morgan (6 games) with 3 assists, while playing fewer minutes than either of her teammates. So the stats don't seem to support your conclusion. Please enlighten me--who were the better players and why?

  9. Peter Bechtold, December 5, 2019 at 9:37 a.m.

    R2 Dad, as I wrote above, everyone can have their opinion, so your's re creativity is ok with me. As for me on creativity: Rose Lavelle was a far superior player in technical terms. It would be interesting to see if, for example, Olympique Lyonnais were allowed to pick off US players, whom would they choose ? My money would be on Rose L. Chacun a son gout !(:-)

  10. R2 Dad replied, December 5, 2019 at 7:33 p.m.

    PB, our differences in player preferences are exactly mirrored in the way individual clubs & teams go about selecting players and playing the game in this country. From where I sit, it appears that only a certain phenotype of player survives the different filters of different clubs and teams throughout the youth system. What we get are the absolutely best physical specimens that survive the compromises required to keep playing at the top i.e. they are the best bad players we have. The problem is if coaches are selecting for traits other than technical proficiency and creativity, we end up with kickball. That's fine, as long as those coaches aren't managing U8-U16, or any of the Nats teams. You want to coach a men's league team like that, knock yourself out. You want to do that to a U8 team--this is a huge problem for me. Don't get me wrong, I am in a minute minority on this issue; no one listens to me and no one in USSF cares. But I think that explains why we have the players that we do now. It has always been, and still is, all about the coaches in this country instead of the players. And until that changes, the USMNT will never, ever get to a semifinal at the WC. Pulisic will be an old wrinkly talking head on match day, and nothing will have changed.

  11. Nick Gabris, December 5, 2019 at 11:43 a.m.

    You've got to be kidding!!! Best overall player in the world? No way! 


  12. Chance Hall, December 6, 2019 at 5:48 p.m.

    If this is a joke it's a BAD one!  Best in the world???  No way!!!

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