Megan Rapinoe was injured minutes into her final soccer match on Saturday.
The 38-year-old’s injury forced her to leave the game. She told reporters she was pretty sure she tore her Achilles tendon on the field.
Following the game Rapinoe told reporters the fact that she was injured in her last game is proof that “there is no God.”
“I’m not a religious person or anything and if there was a god, like, this is proof that there isn’t,” Rapinoe said.
“This is f***ed up. It’s just f***ed up. Six minutes in and I eat my Achilles.”
Rapinoe, playing for OL Reign in the NWSL championship on Saturday against Gotham FC, went down mere minutes into the match, crumbling to the ground while trying to close down on an opponent.
Megan Rapinoe suffered a non-contact injury in the NWSL Final, forcing an early exit in the final match of her career
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 12, 2023
It was immediately apparent the non-contact injury was severe, and she was helped from the pitch in tears after being attended to be trainers.
“Everyone is always like, ‘Who kicked me?’ And obviously no one was even around me, and I was pressing,” Rapinoe said, describing the injury in the post-match press conference, via The Seattle Times. “That’s what it felt like. Just a huge pop and I can’t even feel where the Achilles is, but pretty sure I tore my Achilles. The worst possible outcome.
“Thank God I have a f***ing deep well of a sense of humour. It’s devastating to go out in a final so early.”
Rapinoe had hoped to wrap up her career on a high note, having announced her pending retirement earlier in the year. With her Seattle-based team making a run to the NWSL final, it set the stage for a glorious farewell.
Instead, Gotham FC won the game 2-1 to take the title and Rapinoe has a long road of rehab ahead of her.
Rapinoe said she is going to get the “Aaron Rodgers treatment” to recover from the injury. Rodgers, the New York Jets quarterback, suffered the same injury during the opening drive of the season and says that he is on course to return to the field in mid-December – months faster than the average recovery from a torn Achilles.