Women's best player Hegerberg's Ballon d'Or award overshadowed by 'twerk' request
Dec 04 2018
Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg - who has scored 185 goals in 149 games since joining Lyon four years ago - earned the inaugural female Ballon d'Or.
Andy Murray hit out at Martin Solveig after the French DJ's controversial comment overshadowed Ada Hegerberg's Ballon d'Or success as the infuriated tennis star insisted sexism is still rife in sport.
The outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.
The crowd's reaction said it all, with Hegerberg quickly shutting down the awkward moment, and Solveig has since come in for plenty of criticism for his inappropriate question.
"I didn't feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that", Hegerberg said after the show.
Normally reserved for the men throughout its 62-year history, the 2018 Ballon d'Or finally recognised football's best women and Hegerberg was rewarded for her outstanding global and club form before the man next to her put a dampener on her big moment.
"What questions did they ask mbappe and midrib?"
Astonishingly, Solveig's blatant sexism came after Hegerberg had already voiced her anger about how women are treated differently to men in football.
Football is a family affair for the Hegerbergs, her older sister Andrine plays as a midfielder for Division 1 Féminine rivals Paris Saint Germain, 500 km from north from Lyon.
She stepped away from playing with Norway's national team, citing longstanding frustrations over the state of women's soccer there.
"It's historic, it's incredible, a great day for women's football and a big step forward".
The football world was furious at the incident, on what should have been an empowering event for women in the sport.
After a huge backlash to Solveig online, the DJ gave a freakish explanation and apology to social media. Hegerberg was the leading scorer with 15 goals as her team, Lyon, won the Champions League for the third year in a row. She, like many inside the Grand Palais and those watching across the world, were left seriously unimpressed.
"I would like to end this speech with some words to young girls all over the world: please, believe in yourselves".
"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC.
Modric is the first man to win the award since 2007 that is not called Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.