Ballon d’Or’s First Female Winner Hegerberg Asked to Twerk by Host
Norway’s Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women’s Ballon d’Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on Monday, December 3, 2018.
Norway’s Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women’s Ballon d’Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on Monday, December 3, 2018.(Photo: AP)

Ballon d’Or’s First Female Winner Hegerberg Asked to Twerk by Host

Sixty-two years after Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or, the women's game received its inaugural winner: Trailblazing Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg.

But despite being recognised as the best female footballer in the world, Hegerberg’s big night was somewhat marred when host DJ Martin Solveig asked her if she could ‘twerk’ to celebrate her award.

Hegerberg looked visibly unimpressed and replied ‘non’ to the request. Solveig later tweeted an apology and said Hegerberg ‘understood it was a joke’.

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This however isn't even the first time Hegerberg has had to stand up for herself. The 23-year-old has been in the news after declaring that she won’t play for Norway at the Women’s World Cup in France next June, and would be taking a break from international football.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, Hegerberg hasn't played for the national team since it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship in 2017 without scoring a goal.

In Paris to collect her Ballon d'Or at a gala on Monday, Hegerberg said she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer."

A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football. It’s all about how we respect women’s football. I don’t think the respect has been there.
Ada Hegerberg

"Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself. I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working," she said.

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

I wish the national team the best, though. We just follow two different paths at the moment. I have no regrets with the decision I made.
Ada Hegerberg

A jury of 45 journalists picked her from among 15 nominees for the inaugural Ballon d'Or for women.

Hegerberg, who scored a tournament-record 15 Women's Champions League goals last season, said winning the trophy "tops everything" and described it as "a huge step for women's football."

It’s not that often that I use the word ‘proud’ but today (Monday) I’m really proud.
Ada Hegerberg

But she also expressed frustration with the uneven pace of progress for women.

"Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, 'Damn, we're in such a man's world,'" she said.

That could be in a daily situation, being a woman, to be honest. Outside of the pitch as well. There’s a lot of discussions to take and to bring on the table as a woman in 2018. Being a women’s footballer and winning the Ballon d’Or tonight (Monday) is a step for me to take that action, personally.
Ada Hegerberg

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or — until now only to men — since 1956, when Matthews was the first winner.

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