Ballon d'Or host asks first female victor Ada Hegerberg to 'twerk'

Ada Hegerberg reacts after being asked to twerk by DJ Martin Solveig during the Ballon d\'Or ceremony in Paris

Ada Hegerberg reacts after being asked to twerk by DJ Martin Solveig during the Ballon d\'Or ceremony in Paris

Her moment in the spotlight may have been overshadowed by host Martin Solveig, but Ada Hegerberg, the first ever victor of the Women's Ballon d'Or, nonetheless ensured her message was heard by the world.

"I, of course, didn't want to offend anyone", he added."This comes from a distortion of my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone".

But the 23-year-old's moment as a trailblazer was momentarily soured by a weird question from the award ceremony's host, DJ Martin Solveig: But can she twerk?

Solveig apologised afterwards, while history-maker Hegerberg played down the incident, saying she considered the comment a joke more than a form of sexual harrassment.

"I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d'Or to be honest. This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise".

The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.

"Sometimes it's really frustrating, I must say". She is a serial Champions League victor and now the morning after we are talking about an inappropriate comment.

It's no surprise Hegerberg didn't play along with Solveig's ill-conceived attempt at humor.

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

Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May 24
Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women's Ballon d'Or award. They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category.

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

"What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric?" he posted on Instagram, referring to the winners of the best young player and the men's Ballon D'Or.

Unfortunately, Solveig's remarks have taken some of the attention away from the extraordinary achievement of the three-time women's Champions League victor.

Before the disruption, Hegerberg thanked all who contributed to that moment.

Scotland Women's National Team coach Shelley Kerr branded the incident "unacceptable", telling STV: "It was totally inappropriate".

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

But she also expressed frustration with the uneven pace of progress for women. There's a lot of discussions to take and to bring on the table as a woman in 2018.

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