Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or

Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or

Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or

The 23-year-old Lyon striker was announced as the maiden victor of the women's Ballon d'Or competition by former France worldwide David Ginola, and gave an empowering speech encouraging more girls to play football.

A presenter at the Ballon d'Or football awards has apologised after he asked the inaugural victor of the women's prize, Ada Hegerberg, if she knew "how to twerk".

Footballer Ada Hegerberg was asked if she could twerk when she picked up world soccer's greatest individual prize.

The Lyon and Norway forward replied "no" and the Frenchman's comments saw social media set alight with people criticising the remark.

Despite being recognized as the best female footballer in the world, the outspoken 23-year-old said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

'Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended.

"It was the most important people in my life - most of them, some of them were missing - but I am so happy to share this moment with them".

Let's not let one man overshadow her inspiring words and incredible achievement.

Not only are we still living in an age where women are having "firsts", we're also still living in an era where men think it's cool to ask women if they know how to twerk just as they're accepting a historic award.

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Hegerberg, who scored a tournament-record 15 goals for Lyon in the Women's Champions League last season, called the award "a huge step for women's football".

On the same night, Luka Modric, who lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final and won an unprecedented third Champions League trophy with Spanish club Real Madrid, was named the world's best male player.

Juventus forward and 2017 victor Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third.

We wish we could say we were surprised by the incident but, sadly, it follows a long history of women in football not being given the respect and recognition they deserve.

One Twitter user wrote: "I can't believe the inaugural victor of the women's Ballon d'Or award was asked to twerk by some DJ".

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said. "I, of course, didn't want to offend anyone. I get to dance and celebrate winning the Ballon d'or to be honest".

She said no, and was laughed off stage by presenter Martin Solveig, who asked the question.

"What questions did they ask [Kylian] Mbappe and [men's victor Luka] Modric?"

"I didn't take it as that at all", she said.

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