Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg plays down sexism row over 'twerk' request

039;I got to dance & the Ballon d’Or it’s sad if people thought it sexist': Hegerberg on twerk 'joke'

"I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff", she beamed after joining men's victor Luka Modric and men's best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy.

Norwegian soccer player Ada Hegerberg made history on Monday after she was named the inaugural victor of the women's version of the Ballon d'Or, an annual award given to the world's top soccer player.

One viewer, Sean Walker, tweeted: "Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or victor after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching".

Social media has since blown up with reactions to Solveig's question, with Adam Batemen saying on Twitter: "I'm so glad that she said no, and didn't play along with his sexist games".

To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Solveig didn't use the same line of questioning with Luka Modric when he collected his first ever Ballon d'Or.

Also, Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or.

'Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women'.

Seven Ballon d'Or 2018 nominees pick their favourites for the award
The FIFA Men's Player of the Year victor added, "I do not like to talk that way and say, "Yes, I deserve the Golden Ball".

He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke. "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", he wrote.

She then was pulled in to a slow dance with Solveig who twirled her in front of the crowd, during which Hegerberg was visibly uncomfortable. "So even if I don't win, we win", Kerr posted on Instagram before the awards ceremony overnight. This is a huge part they've done, France Football, and it's positive for all parts.

Reacting to being named Footballer of the Year, Modric said: "It is hard to express my emotion and how I feel in words".

Hegerberg's smile fell off her face and she replied with a firm no as she exited the stage while Solveig laughed. I'd imagine something to do with football.

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

"I would like to end this speech with some words to young girls all over the world: please, believe in yourselves".

Hegerberg, 23, whose goals propelled Lyon to a record fifth Champions League title and their 12th consecutive domestic crown, played down the controversy and said it hadn't marred her evening.

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