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
(France) 7. Sam Kerr
(Australia) 8. Rose
(USA) 9. Ellen White
(England) 10. Dzsenifer