Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg wins first women's Ballon d'Or

Inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or winner Ada Hegerberg Inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or winner Ada Hegerberg
Frederick Owens | 04 December, 2018, 03:31

French DJ and musician Martin Solveig apologized on Monday after asking Norwegian soccer star Ada Hegerberg if she knew how to twerk, just minutes after she won the inaugural Ballon d'Or award as the world's best women's player.

Hegerberg had also expressed frustration about living "in such a man's world" and said the award will not make her reconsider her refusal to play for Norway, including at next June's World Cup, because of her unhappiness over perceived inequality. "Do you know how to twerk?" said French DJ Solveig who co-hosted the awards with David Ginola.

The freakish incident has sparked outrage among fans online, with Solveig - who has apologised for causing offence - coming under heavy criticism for his "sexist", "disrespectful" and "disgusting" request.

"I am a little bit amazed as to what I am reading on the internet", he added in a video message.

Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon's biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian global but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment.

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Arsenal centre-back and Ireland worldwide Louise Quinn told Reuters: "It just shows that people just come out with these questions or comments without giving it a second thought, and it must change. Instead of the attention going to a world-class player for her talent it will all be about Solveig's question".

Hegerberg was one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, but she won out thanks to her prolific form in front of goal.

"I would like to end this speech with some words to young girls all over the world: please, believe in yourselves". "They are the future".

The men's award was taken out by Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, ending a decade of dominance by Modric's former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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

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