The US international Megan Rapinoe believes that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could bring in world peace.
The World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe put forward a major demand from the footballing world’s two greatest idols. According to the US international, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should make use of their “stupendous popularity” to help eradicate the problem of racism.
Evidently so, the American star is quite popular for her unequivocal way of speaking regarding political issues. Rapinoe, who is currently a free agent, believes that Messi and Ronaldo should be vigorously involved in social matters across the world. The iconic pair most certainly rule the world of football following numerous recognizable awards.
However, both Messi and Ronaldo have been drawn in the anti-racism projects set up by UEFA. But, Rapinoe is still not content with their contribution saying that it is minimal and they should do more.
“They could do so much if they decided to use their stupendous level of popularity to fight racism, for example,” she told L’Equipe Mag. “I’m not talking about wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, I’m talking about going deeper.”
Furthermore, Rapinoe received questions regarding what she would say to future generations. This question focused on the impression of Kylian Mbappe to motivate the youngsters of today.
“I hope he understands the impact he can have, and how this influence can prove to be formidable for himself,” she said. “He came into the world with an extraordinary gift which allows him to lead an extraordinary, very comfortable life. Perhaps he can ask himself how to establish a balance, how to inspire youth.
“I hope he understands that he can change the world, that it is not just an empty idea. Sometimes you decide for yourself to change the world, sometimes it falls on you. If you want to be the king, then be the best king you can be.”
Additionally, other major stars have taken part in this social cause. And Rapinoe desires that football follows the righteous way.
“Lewis Hamilton’s willingness to speak out is incredible, not to mention LeBron James, as they are at the center of colossal economic powers,” she explained, speaking of the F1 world champion and the NBA superstar.
“Naomi Osaka, who at the US Open wore masks with the names of black people killed by US police like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. In the middle of tennis the tennis world, which is so white!
“These athletes inspire me. There is an invisible thread between us. We must not be shy.”