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"The award doesn't hold much weight when you've got someone on the list I've never heard of"

Pin Rapinoe has won 127 caps for the USA. AFP
Rapinoe has won 127 caps for the USA. AFP

"The award doesn't hold much weight when you've got someone on the list I've never heard of"

Tom Smith by Tom Smith @besoccer_com - 0 1,075

Megan Rapinoe has slammed FIFA for including a little-known striker, Deyna Castellanos, on its female player-of-the-year shortlist, claiming the move shows that football's governing body does not care about the women's game.

The nominees for FIFA's 'The Best' Women's Player of 2017 were Carli Lloyd, Lieke Martens (winner) and Venezuelan Deyna Castellanos, 18, who does not play in a professional league.

USA's Rapinoe, who won the World Cup in 2015, told the 'BBC': "The award just doesn't hold a lot of weight when you've got someone on the list I've never heard of."

"It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that Fifa doesn't really care," she said.

FIFA turned to their selection process to defend themselves. A statement read:

"The process is clear and transparent and we are not involved in the final selection of nominees.

"However, we have taken note of the concerns raised by the football community and our fans and will take this feedback on board in future editions of The Best Awards."

But Rapinoe hit back by saying: "If some random male player, who was not even a full professional, was nominated, I'm sure they would step in for that, so it's disappointing that the same hasn't been done for us."

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