Ballon d'Or host asks first female victor Ada Hegerberg to 'twerk'

Tuesday, 04 Dec, 2018

The 23-year-old Lyon striker was announced as the first ever victor of the women's Ballon d'Or by former France worldwide David Ginola and gave an empowering speech encouraging more girls to play football.

It was a historical moment for world football when the first Ballon d'Or was awarded to a female player, but unfortunately an inappropriate comment on stage left the victor Ada Hegerberg unimpressed.

The Norwegian seemed briefly non-plussed before joining in a more conventional waltz on stage as the audience looked on in embarrssment.

Hegerberg told Skysports.com: "He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way". I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".

Social media has since blown up with reactions to Solveig's question, with Adam Batemen saying on Twitter: "I'm so glad that she said no, and didn't play along with his sexist games".

Luca Modric was awarded the men's prize, ending the decade-long dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished in second spot, and Lionel Messi, who finished a shock fifth.

The Norway worldwide has tallied 10 goals in 10 league games this season with Lyon sitting atop the table.

In response to the backlash, Solveig issued an apology insisting that he has always had the utmost respect for women.

"It's historic, it's incredible, a great day for women's football and a big step forward".

"They deserve it because of what they did with the national team at the World Cup and also because of the trophies they won with their clubs", Deschamps said.

The Norway striker was the top scorer with 15 goals as Lyon won the Champions League for the third year running.

The 23-year-old Lyon and Norway striker became the first victor of the prize, which recognises the world's best player, at an awards ceremony in Paris. Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself. We just follow two different paths at the moment.

Hegerberg scored in this year's Champions League final against Wolfsburg and was one of eight Lyon players named among the nominees.

"Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else".