Winning the women’s Ballon d’Or was a victory that Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, would never have imaged, however her victory was over shadowed when a French host DJ, Martin Solveig asked her to perform a “twerk” which is a sexually provocative dance live on stage
The 23 year who in her speech said that she was pleased with the introduction of the women’s Ballon d’Or rejected the offer.
His remarks caused an outrage among women activists, and football fans.
According to Hegerberg, he later came and apologized. She said that the Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.
“I am touched and very proud, for women’s football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff,” she beamed after joining men’s winner Luka Modric and men’s best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy.
“It’s historic, it’s incredible, a great day for women’s football and a big step forward.”
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 didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that.”
Solveig later tweeted an apology, saying Hegerberg “told me she understood it was a joke”.
“Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended,”
“People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women,” he added.
Hegerberg was Lyon’s top scorer with 15 goals in the Champion’s League including one in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy.