Megan Rapinoe sends sweet birthday message to brother Brian who watched her team win FIFA World Cup from rehab center
The siblings are very close and the US women soccer captain has said earlier that she took up the game because of her brother
Megan Rapinoe's head may be in the game, but she didn't forget to wish her fan and brother Brian Rapinoe on his birthday. The soccer superstar, who just led her team to win the FIFA Women World Cup, took a minute to send her brother, who turned 38 and watched the match from a rehabiliation center, some birthday wishes on Instagram.
She posted a photo of her brother wearing a rose printed shirt and said, "Happy Birthday to this rose ( only a few thorns😜) I love you @calihound so proud of you!❤️"
Infact, she also shared her winning moment with him. The pink-haired player was the absolute star of this World Cup for the USWNT, but after they won and wrapped up the interviews, she had a quick message for someone special at home. "Just one thing: Happy birthday, Brian. I love you so much,” Rapinoe said as she blew a kiss to the camera.
Her brother couldn't make it to Megan's match in France because he isn't legally allowed to leave the country as part of San Diego’s Male Community Reentry Program.
Through it, inmates are allowed to go through their last year of the sentence outside of the prison walls. He did, however, watch her play every match.
In an interview with ESPN, Brian said that he had watched his sister from his MCRP common room. Megan's brother, who is a recovering drug user and former member of a white supremacist prison gang, has had issues with the law ever since they were young.
Megan always looked up to him and in fact, the reason why she started playing soccer was that her big bro did. "I worshipped him," the soccer star had said in the interview, "He played left wing, so I played left wing. He wore No. 7; I wore No. 7. He got a bowl cut, so I did too."
The two have always remained close.
"I have so much respect for her. And not just because she's the s--- at soccer. It's her utter conviction in the things that she believes in and the stances she takes against injustices in the world," he said in the interview, talking about how much he looked up to her. "I was her hero, but now -- there's no question -- she is mine."