Megan Rapinoe has been named the 2019 Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

Rapinoe won the Ballon d'Or award to go with her Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 World Cup.

Rapinoe also was outspoken against the administration of Donald Trump and had previously protested systematic racism by showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the national anthem.