Norway's Hegerberg wins inaugural Ballon d'Or award

07 December, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • I didn't consider it sexual harassment- Ballon d'Or winner Hegerberg clears up DJ twerking row

The co-host of the Ballon d'Or ceremony asked the Norwegian global and Lyon's forward Ada Hegerberg to twerk on stage after she became the first female victor ever in this prestigious award ceremony.

Solveig apologised for causing offense following the awards after his question led to widespread criticism online.

"It was a joke. He is lucky Ada Hegerberg didn't kick him toward a goal". So when it was announced that in 2018 there would also be an award for the best female player, it was a big step forward.

Honest apologies to the one I may have offended.

In this photo taken Monday Dec.3, 2018, French DJ and musician Martin Solveig, left, talks to Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, during the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg has played down suggestions her historic victory appeared to be overshadowed after she was asked to perform a "twerk" live on stage at Monday's ceremony in Paris.

And Hegerberg's achievements are vast. Over the past decade, either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have claimed the trophy.

Hegerberg, who helped her club win the Women's Champions League last season, looked uncomfortable and responded,"No".

He created a hugely awkward moment on stage when he asked the gifted player if she could "twerk", to which she curtly responded with a simple "No".

Twerking is a sexually provocative dance move.

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The moment immediately sparked outrage online.

Among the fiercest critics was tennis star Andy Murray, who asked: 'Why do women still have to put up with this s***?'

"To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke... it wasn't".

But when the meaning of twerk was then explained to her, she reacted with dismay, with an expletive.

Hegerberg, one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, dismissed suggestions that the night was marred by the "twerk" request.

"I wasn't upset", she said.

"Being historical and the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or is a huge moment in my life", she added. She is already putting that leverage to use. With the Women's World Cup in France this summer, take a chance on the women's game.

"I wish the national team the best, though".

"He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

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