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Star spangled: Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the World Cup Trophy after last night’s win over Holland in Lyon
Star spangled: Megan Rapinoe celebrates with the World Cup Trophy after last night’s win over Holland in Lyon

By Phil Medlicott

Megan Rapinoe declared it was time for the conversation about pay in women's football to move "forward to the next step" after she helped the United States retain their World Cup title.

The holders' 2-0 victory over Holland in the final in Lyon saw Rapinoe score the opener with a coolly converted 61st-minute penalty before Rose Lavelle added a fine strike eight minutes later. On the eve of the match, Rapinoe had spoken at a pre-match press conference about the gap in prize money between the men's and women's World Cups.

Last night, the 34-year-old was asked what she thought about chants of 'equal pay' and boos for Fifa president Gianni Infantino from the crowd after the game.

Rapinoe, who ended up with the tournament's Golden Boot and Golden Ball award for best player, responded: "I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move to the next step. Players are done with that. In a lot of ways I think sponsors and everyone is done with that.

"We put on, every player at this World Cup, the most incredible show that you could ever ask for and we can't do anything more to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better, to do anything.

"And a little public shame never hurt anyone, right? So I'm ok with the boos."

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