When star forward Megan Rapinoe ultimately decides to hang up her cleats and retire, there's no question that she'll go down as one of the best players of her generation. Matter of fact, she's one of the best of all time.
Despite being 37 years old, Rapinoe isn't letting her climbing age impact her mindset leading up to the World Cup this summer, with the USA looking to three-peat.
Rapinoe may not be a starter for the squad, but no one can question that she can still make a difference. Rapinoe is embracing her role off the bench, as she'll look to strike whenever she's subbed on for this team.
Megan Rapinoe is ready for the World Cup to get here
“In some ways completely differently and in some ways exactly the same,” Rapinoe said on her WC prep via Just Women's Sports. “I mean, my role on the team is completely different, which I actually really love and enjoy. I mean, I still love to play and I want to play all the time.
“I think it’s position specific. Like not every position can, you know, only be playing limited minutes or having the kind of role that I do.”
You've got to love that mindset from Rapinoe. She may no longer be the No. 1 star player for this team's attack, but she will look to find the back of the net whenever she's on the pitch. Hey, she's got plenty of experience doing that.
For her career, Rapinoe has made 199 appearances for the red, white and blue, posting 63 goals and 73 assists. Those stats are unreal to even think about. She was electric in the 2019 World Cup, helping the U.S. win it all.
Now, Rapinoe has a third consecutive World Cup title on her mind. She's a true legend of the game and her fans can't wait to see what she'll be able to get done this summer. She's world class through and through.