Norway’s Ada Hegerberg wins women’s Ballon d’Or

Heather Diaz
December 4, 2018

Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or award on Monday evening, but her accomplishments have already been overshadowed when she was asked "Do you know how to twerk?" on stage nearly immediately after winning the award.

After accepting her trophy, Hegerberg interacted with Solveig as part of the awards ceremony in Paris and promptly responded "no" when asked in French about the suggestive dance.

In shocking scenes, Solveig asked Hegerberg if she could twerk on stage. I don't think the respect has been there.

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.

Hegerberg, who scored a tournament-record 15 goals for Lyon in the Women's Champions League last season, called the award "a huge step for women's football".

"I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

During the presentation, co-host Solveig asked Hegerberg: "Do you know how to twerk?".

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In a video posted to Twitter shortly after, Solveig said "he [hadn't] wanted to offend anyone", and that the question, intended as a joke, had been misconstrued.

The incident sparked outrage on social media, with people slamming Solveig for asking the soccer star to perform a sexually provocative dance minutes after she won a prestigious award for her sporting exploits. "I of course didn't want to offend anyone", he said.

A jury of 45 journalists picked the 23-year-old Hegerberg from among 15 nominees, including Matildas star striker Sam Kerr, who was fifth in the voting.

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said. I wish the national team the best, though.

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.

It was the first time in ten years that neither player has won the award.

Despite her continued success, however, she us unlikely to compete at the World Cup in France next year over a dispute with the Norwegian Football Association. Here is Ada, winning a deserved award for her talent as a footballer.

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