Megan Rapinoe won the women’s player award – ahead of fellow American Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze – at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan.
She said: “Some of the stories that inspired me this year are[Manchester City forward] Raheem Sterling and [Napoli defender] Kalidou Koulibaly – their incredible performances on the field and their reaction to the disgusting racism they have to take.
“If we really want to have meaningful change, if everyone other than Sterling or Koulibaly was outraged, if everyone was outraged by the homophobia… We have such an incredible opportunity being professional footballers, so much success, an incredible platform.
“I ask everyone here, lend your platform to other people, share your success. We have a unique opportunity to use this game to actually change the world for better. I hope you take that to heart, do something, we have incredible power in this room.”
Rapinoe, who plays for Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, added: “I want to thank my family, my friends, thank you for all my support you’ve given me and all the coaches I’ve had in my life.
“Jill Ellis and the rest have put us in a great position. This was an incredible year for women’s football. For those who just noticed you are a bit late to the party. It truly was incredible, to be part of the World Cup, the enthusiasm we had was amazing.”
Fifa Fifpro Women’s Team of the Year
Goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal (Arsenal and Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)
Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Wendie Renard (Lyon/France), Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg and Linkopings/Sweden), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals/USA)
Midfielders: Amandine Henry (Lyon/France), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars/USA)
Attacking midfielders: Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit/USA), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)
Striker: Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA)