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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe nets book deal following World Cup victory

2019-09-09

U.S. women’s soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe has scored a book deal weeks after scoring the most goals and leading the U.S. to victory at the Women’s World Cup.

The untitled book arrives in the fall of 2020 from Penguin Press and will offer an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” look at wide-ranging topics like soccer, nationalism and gay rights.

“A lot of women, great women soccer players, have written memoirs,” Penguin Press president and editor-in-chief Ann Godoff told The New York Times. “Megan has a different platform.”

“She’s just operating from this very honest and straightforward and ‘This is who I am’ place,” Godoff said. “I think that’s what many people aspire to.”

“I hope this book will inspire people to find what they can do, and in turn inspire other people around them to do the same,” Rapinoe told The Times.

Rapinoe has repeatedly used her stardom and platform to raise awareness of a number of issues like LGBTQ rights, the gender pay-gap and racial inequality.

“We have to be better,” Rapinoe said following the team’s ticker tape parade in New York City. “We have to love more, hate less, listen more, talk less. We got to know this is everybody’s responsibility. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.”

A version aimed at younger readers will also be produced.