Crystal Dunn was the final player cut from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team prior to the 2015 World Cup.
The news was a painful blow to Dunn, who watched from home as the U.S. went on to win the tournament for the third time.
“I was in a low, low place,” she told AOL.com of the days following the decision.
The forward didn’t let her sadness keep her down, though. She still had a season to play with the North Carolina Courage and preparations to make for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I went out and really tried to get back to the basics and perform for my teammates,” Dunn said. “It was important for me to just reset and regroup.”
In the United States in 2019, the average woman makes roughly 80 cents to the dollar of her male counterpart.
Such a discrepancy is notable in any career path, but it’s often most egregious in sports, where thousands or even millions of dollars are in play for athletes at the top of their game.
That’s not just referencing the contracts bordering on half a billion dollars that were recently handed out in Major League Baseball. Even soccer, one of the world’s most popular sports, sees a massive disparity between pay for male and female athletes. In fact, men who make the U.S. World Cup roster currently receive a bonus that is $31,250 more than what is given to the women who do the same.
Christen Press, a forward on the United States women’s national soccer team, opened up about how the pay disparity between men and women negatively affects sports — and women everywhere.
Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, and some of the amounts listed are staggering.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo came in at No. 1 for the second straight year, thanks to his hefty salary and endorsements. His earnings increased by $5 million in 2017, bringing his total annual earnings to $93 million.
The list unsurprisingly had striking similarities to ESPN’s ranking of the year’s most famous athletes, including an identical top 3 of Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most popular soccer players in the world, was celebrated on Wednesday when the airport on his home island in Portugal was renamed in his honor.
Part of the rebranding ceremony for Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport involved revealing a bust that had been sculpted in the star athlete’s likeness outside the terminal.
At least… it was supposed to be in his likeness.