First Female Ballon d'Or Winner Asked About Twerking By Host Martin Solveig

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

Norwegian soccer player Ada Hegerberg made history on Monday after she was named the inaugural victor of the women's version of the Ballon d'Or, an annual award given to the world's top soccer player.

As the Norway worldwide was leaving the stage after picking up her award, French DJ and co-host Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk.

The response to Solveig's twerking question from the 23-year-old - a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon who scored a tournament-record 15 times last season - said it all. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

"Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved. Most importantly congratulations to Ada", he wrote. I'd imagine something to do with football.

Reaction online was swift, with Solveig's Wikipedia page being edited to describe the 42-year-old as "breathtakingly sexist and very lucky not to have been kicked square in the balls by Ada Hegerberg".

Pernille Harder (Denmark/Wolfsburg), Dzsenifer Maroszan (Germany/Lyon), Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride) and Sam Kerr (Australia/Chicago Red Stars) filled out the top five. "It's a huge step for women's football and the work you put down is such an important thing for women's football, and together, we'll make a difference".

Hegerberg went down in history in becoming the first female recipient of France Football's new award, after a year which saw the Lyon striker win the Champions League.

England defender and Ballon d'Or nominee Lucy Bronze, a team-mate of Hegerberg at Lyon, told BBC Sport it was "just a joke".

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

French teenager Kylian Mbappe, who is not 20 until next month was awarded the Raymond Kopa Trophy for the world's best young player.

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.

She stepped away from playing with Norway's national team, citing longstanding frustrations over the state of women's soccer there.

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