Megan Rapinoe is no longer satisfied calling the shots just for women’s soccer. She’s demanding that male soccer superstars get with the social justice program, too. Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic need to get woke and help clean up the problems plaguing men’s soccer, Rapinoe said.
In USA Today, Chris Bumbaca reported that after social justice queen Rapinoe won the Ballon d’Or as the world’s top soccer player Monday (see photo of her in acceptance video, right), she called on high-profile male stars “to join her cause and correct the issues that plague the men’s game.”
“I feel like yelling, ‘Cristiano (Ronaldo), Leo (Messi) and Zlatan (Ibrahimovic), help me,'” mouthy Megan demanded. “These huge stars are not engaged, not active, nor involved in anything and therefore there are tons of problems in the men’s soccer world. Are they afraid of losing everything? They believe so, but it’s not true. Who’s going to kick out Messi or Ronaldo from the game of soccer for a declaration about racism or sexism?”
Afraid of losing it all? Maybe they know something Megan doesn’t know: like, uh, their job is soccer, scoring goals, not making a spectacle of themselves by kneeling, engaging in political theater and following the radical lead of has-been Colin Kaepernick.
Whatever their reasons for sticking to sports, the international male soccer superstars “are not as keen on speaking out as Rapinoe is, and she said she hopes that changes as the game continues to battle racism and sexism,” Bumbaca wrote.