Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Host Martin Solveig - a French DJ - made the inexplicable decision to ask Hegerberg to twerk.

Solveig later offered his "sincere apologies" and Hegerberg said he also said sorry to her personally, but she dismissed suggestions that the incident had marred her evening.

"What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric?" he posted on Instagram, referring to the winners of the best young player and the men's Ballon D'Or.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg has won the women's Ballon d'Or under a new format this year.

He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke.

"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". They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category.

"Instead of the attention going to a world-class player for her talent it will all be about Solveig's question". Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D'or five times - a record he shares with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi - placed a distant 5th.

Hegerberg told Skysports.com: "He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

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Hegerberg didn't hide her offense at the request, shutting Solveig down by mouthing "no" and leaving the stage.

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

"It's a huge step for women's fútbol and the work you put down is such an important thing for women's fútbol and together we'll make a difference", she said.

Matildas star Sam Kerr finished in fifth spot in the voting, but said just having the award meant women's football had won.

"I, of course did not want to offend anyone", Solveig said.

"I would like to end this speech with some words.to young girls all over the world, please, believe in yourself", she said.

"But at the same time, I've never looked at myself different from a man's footballer".

The Lyon star - whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory - edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

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