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

05 December 2018
Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

French host Martin Solveig has unleashed a firestorm on social media with his blunt proposal to female Norwegian football star Ada Hegerberg, who refused to do as asked and has been celebrated for her reaction.

He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offence, " and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one".

A clip from the ceremony of the DJ asking the 23-year-old Norwegian if she could twerk and her responding "Non" in French quickly racked up millions of views.

Indeed, Hegerberg was not the only player asked to show their dance floor credentials; France's Kylian Mbappe, who won the Trophee Kopa for the best player under 21, also an inaugural award, was too asked to show off his moves upon receiving his gong.

"I was just happy to get a dance and celebrate winning the Ballon d'Or, to be honest".

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956. The last player to win it before those two started dominating world soccer awards was Brazil midfielder Kaka with AC Milan in 2007.

"He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way", the Lyon striker said.

Nope, us neither - nearly ruined Hegerberg's night with an inexplicably sexist remark shortly after the forward collected her award.

Hegerberg also denied it was sexist of Solveig to ask her to dance, saying there were bigger issues to discuss.

"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken".

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or award.

Then we saw red again and again (and again) as women pundits and reporters were harassed or disrespected on the world's stage.

This marks the first year a female footballer has been recognised with a Ballon d'Or award, which honours the player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year. I explained to [Hegerberg] the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC. Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself.

The three-time Women's Champions League victor with French team Lyon says she'll be resting during the World Cup and training for the next season with her club.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D'or five times - a record he shares with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi - placed a distant 5th.

"It is fantastic. I don't have words".