Phil Neville, LYON's women's manager, France, England, told Megan Rapinoe as a "world class" and knew that he knew of his competitiveness at his own expense after destroying his watch unintentionally during a party of last year.
Rapinoe has been one of the stars of the Women's World Cup, which has scored the four goals in both qualifying matches in the United States to help them in the semifinals.
She and her teammates now face England in Lyon on Tuesday, and Neville said she knew how difficult it would be to reduce her influence.
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"I remember in my first SheBelieves [Cup match against the U.S. last year] when there was a ball bouncing on the touch line and I went to pick it up and his tacos went through the Apple watch, "he said." She has not paid for it.
"What I liked was that he did not say he felt it, he just stayed with her.
"She is a winner. I like individuality in it, both inside and outside the field, and I think it's a world class footballer."
Neville congratulated the work done by Rapinoe to promote equality outside the field, but focused on Tuesday's game, as he challenged his players to keep the threat of her and Crystal Dunn to the left.
The manager has made it clear that Lucy Bronze, on the right side of England, could play as an impromptu midfielder: a trick he used against the United States in the SheBelieves Cup.
"Maybe Rachel Daly against Rapinoe," said Neville. "It is never known, since Daly did very well to SheBelieves against her, and Lucy Bronze's ability to enter midfield is why we did. We have the decision to do it, because Rachel is fantastic.
"If you think of the left side of the United States and the right side of England, I do not think you will get much better left and right matches in female football.
"The United States are the current champions and those who all want to beat."
Neville supported Bronze to win the Gold Ball this year and said: "I think he is the best player in the world because he is unique in everything he does.
"His athletics, his ability to defend one against one, is brave in everything he does. He always approaches the great occasion.
"We have seen a player that developed a lot in the last 18 months and, although it plays deep and, sometimes, in the middle of the field, the qualities that she owns make her one of the most outstanding players in the world .
"Although he plays well, this has to be recognized. When we make votes and polls, sometimes the defenders are also special and we have a few."