The American star striker is an active campaigner for womens equality off the field and has set her sights on becoming the worlds leading player on it, having taken the plunge with a six-month loan spell at Lyon, she tells Donald McRae
On a cold, grey January day in Lyon the flame of Alex Morgans ambition is obvious. She has already spoken of her desire to become the best female footballer in the world and, a long way from the winter sunshine of Florida, to adapt to a new culture in France. Morgan arrived in Lyon only a few days into 2017, after she had been sought on Twitter by Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Lyon. Aulas made it clear that signing the American starring striker would underline Lyons commitment to a women squad which won the French title, domestic beaker and Champions League treble last season.
Morgans drive might be matched by Lyon but the 27 -year-old World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, who has scored 73 aims in 120 games for the USA, stresses how many more important combats are still to be won for womens football. Its great to see females standing up in their own line of work and fighting for fair value, she says after name-checking Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift. Such starry allies suit Morgan, who has more than 2.8 million followers on Twitter, but there is also a wearying grittiness to the struggle for equality in womens sport.
Were trying to do the same thing and weve come a long way. But it gets exhausting having to do this every day, every week. Our male counterparts have not had to fight as much so sometimes you feel a little exhausted always having to prove yourself and prove your worth.
Morgan rolls her eyes when I say how odd it is that sportswomen are having to fight so hard for parity in 2017. Sometimes it feels a little redundant and I wish we didnt have to fight so hard. But you ensure female actresses and singers standing up for themselves as well as women in general. A girl earns an average 73 cents to the male dollar in the US. So theres still a long way to run. Theres hope given the fact that so many people know about our struggle in football with the CBA[ Collective Bargaining Agreement] and our fight for equal pay. The fact that the agreement was such a big deallast year showed how much the womens game has grown.
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