“Ain’t really trip on the credit, I just paid all of my dues,” Rapinoe captioned a photo of herself beaming above her trophies. “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.”
She also tagged the late rapper’s Instagram handle in the post and included the hashtag #tmc, a nod to his motto “The Marathon Continues.”
The women’s team secured the title after a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final on Sunday. A penalty kick by Rapinoe in the 61st minute contributed to the U.S. women’s second consecutive World Cup championship and fourth in the eight tournaments that have been played. It also earned her the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards for best player and top goal scorer.
The quote hails from Hussle’s 2018 song “Hussle and Motivate.” The Grammy-nominated rapper and activist was killed in March outside his Marathon Clothing store in Crenshaw.
Rapinoe has been frank about her disapproval of the current president and her unwillingness to accept a White House visit should the team win. After a clip surfaced of the soccer player saying that she will not visit the (bleeping) White House if the U.S. won and that she didn’t expect to be invited anyway, Trump tweeted in response the next morning:
“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose.”
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