By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer,

Megan Rapinoe of the United States has won Women’s Ballon d’Or for 2019, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up.

Winger Rapinoe, 34, captained the United States (US) to victory at this summer’s World Cup, where she was named player of the tournament and finished joint-top scorer with six goals.

Bronze, 28, the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, played a key part in England’s run to the semi-finals.
Rapinoe’s compatriot Alex Morgan came third in the Ballon d’Or ranking.

Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, who became the first winner of the women’s version of the award last year, finished fourth, while Arsenal and Netherlands forward Vivianne Miedema rounded out the top five.

She made headlines after saying she would refuse to visit the White House if the US won the World Cup and joined the national team squad in
suing their federation over equal pay.

After winning the women’s award at the Best FIFA Football Awards in September, she was the favourite to become the second ever recipient of the Women’s Ballon d’Or.


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