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Megan Rapinoe announces engagement with WNBA champion Sue Bird

Megan Rapinoe, who claimed the Ballon d’Or in 2019, won her second FIFA World Cup title last year. Meanwhile, Sue Bird, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, won her fourth WNBA title earlier this month.

Megan Rapinoe (R) with Sue Bird (L). (Reuters)

Two-time FIFA World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe and 11-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird are getting hitched.

The sports power couple announced their engagement with a photo posted to Bird’s Instagram account on Friday and a representative for Rapinoe confirmed the news to Reuters, as congratulations for the couple poured in across social media.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Bird, 40, won her fourth WNBA title with the Storm earlier this month, bouncing back after missing all of the 2019 season due to a knee injury.

Rapinoe, who claimed the Ballon d’Or in 2019 after a career-defining year in which she won her second World Cup title, along with the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, was a regular fixture on the sidelines during the 2020 WNBA season, which took place entirely inside a quarantined setting in Bradenton, Florida, due to the new coronavirus.

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The pair, who have been an item for more than three years, became the first openly gay couple to appear in the ESPN “Body Issue” in 2018, and have together been vocal advocates for a variety of political and social causes.

First published on: 31-10-2020 at 16:43 IST
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