Megan Rapinoe Quotes Nipsey Hussle After World Cup Win: 'I Just Respected the Game, Now My Name All in the News'

After spurring the USWNT to glory for the fourth time in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday, soccer star Megan Rapinoe celebrated the achievement on Instagram by quoting the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

In a caption next to an image of Rapinoe holding the three trophies she won during the tournament in France, the World Cup, the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot, the 34-year-old wrote:

"Ain't really trip on the credit, I just paid all of my dues
I just respected the game, now my name all in the news
Trippin' on all of my moves, quote me on this, got a lot more to prove"

The quote comes from Hussle's 2018 song "Hussle and Motivate." As well as posting the quote, Rapinoe also tagged the rapper's Instagram handle and wrote the hashtag #tmc, a reference to Hussle's motto "The Marathon Continues." On March 31, 33-year-old Hussle was shot dead outside his clothing store in Los Angeles.

Rapinoe scored the opening goal in the USA's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday, a historic fourth World Cup title for the USWNT.

As well as winning the trophy for the second time, after the 2015 World Cup triumph in Canada, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Ball award as the best overall player at the tournament. The penalty she scored in the final also meant she won the Golden Boot prize for the top scorer after finishing with six goals and three assists in the five games she played in.

The Californian also hit the headlines for a number of remarks she made off the field. On June 26 a video was released on the Twitter of soccer magazine Eight by Eight in which a reporter asked Rapinoe if she would go to the White House if the UWNT triumphed in France, to which she responded, "I'm not going to the f***ing White House."

When President Donald Trump fired back telling Rapinoe to not "disrespect our country," she refused to back down, instead urging her teammates to join her in not attending any invitation.

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Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates winning the final after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between Winner The United States of America and Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. Getty Images

She has also accused world soccer body FIFA of lacking respect for the women's game and criticized the disparity in prize money between male and female athletes. The prize money at the 2023 Women's World Cup will be doubled from $30 million to $60 million, but that is still a fraction of the $440 million prize money for the upcoming men's World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

"It certainly is not fair. We should double it now and use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time. That's what I mean when we talk about, 'Do we feel respected?'" Rapinoe said during a press conference on July 6 ahead of Team USA's championship match against the Netherlands.

Rapinoe and her USA teammates are also suing the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay and working conditions. The lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles District Court, stated: "Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts.

"This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players, with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions."

The graphic below, provided by Statista, Illustrates how the USWNT has now won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the fourth time.

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The USWNT has now won the FIFA Women's World Cup for the fourth time. Statista