Megan Rapinoe after missing penalty kick and elimination in the World Cup: “This seems like a bad joke” | Women’s World Cup 2023

The United States couldn’t really convince during the entire World Cup. The American Golden Generation had already survived the group stage with Vietnam, the Netherlands and Portugal, and were stranded in the round of 16 on penalties by Sweden.

The closest World Cup exit for four-time world champion USA is also Megan Rapinoe’s last at the highest level. To make matters worse, she missed an important penalty kick in the series against Sweden.

“This seems like a bad joke,” Rapinoe said with tears in her eyes. He added: “For me personally, missing a penalty kick is like a bad movie. This is the negative side of this beautiful sport. Football can be very cruel.”

Rapinoe, who only played as a substitute in this World Cup, has been the face of the successful U.S. national team for years. “It’s sad, this is the end. But I’m still grateful for the beautiful moments. Playing with this team and my country has always been an honor for me.”

Rapinoe will be remembered not only for her footballing qualities, but also for her outspoken personality and role in social debate. “Knowing that I used my talent to change other people’s lives. That’s the most important thing to me.”

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