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'Twerk' request mars Norwegian star's historic Ballon d'Or win

Ballon d'Or: Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk on stage after winning women's award Female footballer's historic moment ruined by 'disgusting' question
Rita Gibson | 04 December, 2018, 03:26

On a historic night for the women's game, Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg was honoured as the first recipient of the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, 62 years after Blackpool legend Stanley Matthews won the first male version of the prize.

"I'm a little bit amazed, astonished by what I'm reading on the internet".

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956, when Matthews was the first victor.

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.

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

Solveig then tweeted a photo from backstage in which he is shaking hands with Hegerberg.

The award crowned a fantastic 2018 for the 23-year-old, who scored in this year's Champions League final as Lyon routed Wolfsburg 4-1. Hederberg returned, laughed and briefly danced with the DJ, before Solveig congratulated her on her award and invited applause from the crowd. I didn't know this would be seen as such an offense...

Ballon d'Or: Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk on stage after winning women's award

"For the first time a woman will win football's highest honour".

"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

'Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women'.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't played for the national team since 2017 when it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship without scoring a goal.

"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken". They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category.

The men's Ballon d'Or was picked up by Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who ended the decade-long monopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the award.

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