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The battle of Megan Rapinoe is not over yet.
The Golden Ball and Golden Boot Winner in 2019 challenged soccer federation presidents to finally act on giving women financial parity to the men's match after Sunday's trophy presentation in Lyon.
"A little public embarrassment never hurt anyone, right? I'm down with the angry," she said from FIFA President Gianni Infantino & # 39; s crowd reception, as reported by The Telegraph & # 39; s Katie Whyatt.
"U-S-A" chants echoed around Groupama Stadium during the 2-0 World Cup final of the United States on Sunday, but ESPN & # 39; s Graham Hays said that there was an audible chorus of "equal pay" when Infantino was willing to hand out medals.
"I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move on to the next step." I think we're done with: & # 39; Are we worth it? Should we receive equal pay? Is the market the same? & # 39; "Rapinoe went further, according to Whyatt.
"Everyone is done with that, fans are done with it, that is a fact, in many ways I think sponsors are done with that." Let's go to the next point. "What is the next step? How do we support women's federations and women's programs around the world? What can FIFA do to do that? What can we do to support competitions around the world?"
She added, "It's time to move on to the next step."
Rapinoe is a prominent figure in the fight for equality in football and is also a highly respected and passionate voice on LGBTQ cases and other injustices in her native United States. She attracted a global audience when she claimed she would not visit the "fucking White House," even if President Donald Trump invited the team after winning the World Cup.
"Everyone wonders what the future offers and what we want to achieve from all of this," Rapinoe said about the lasting legacy of the World Championship, as quoted by Hays. "It is to stop talking about equal pay and are we worth it … What are we going to do about it? Gianni, what are we going to do about it? (US Soccer president) Carlos (Cordeiro), what are we going to do about it to do?
"It's time to sit down with everyone and really get to work." This game has done so much for all of us, we have put so much into it, I think it is proof of the quality of the field and I do that I think everything else complies, so how do we make sure everything matches and this continues because I think the argument we have now is invalid. "
FIFA will award $ 30 million in prize money for the Women & # 39; s World Cup. $ 400 million was awarded to the men's version of the tournament last summer.