Rapinoe beat out teammate Alex Morgan for top honors after the USWNT's World Cup win this summer.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are the three finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Player award.
Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Lucy Bronze are in the running to win The Best FIFA Women's Player award for the first time.
Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer had said it was "ridiculous" female players want to receive the same World Cup pay as the men.
Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Rose LaVelle also are on the shortlist after helping the U.S. defend its World Cup title this summer.
A new winner of the Best FIFA Women's Player Award will be crowned later this year.
The USWNT co-captain's book is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2020.
Bird, a WNBA veteran and girlfriend to the star, spoke with USA Today about Rapinoe's play and the attention she got from the president.
Serena Williams' comments on fighting for equal pay have been backed by Women's World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe said she stands by her White House comments because she doesn't agree with Trump's message.