Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

1st women's Ballon d'Or victor asked if she 'twerked' during ceremony

1st women's Ballon d'Or victor asked if she 'twerked' during ceremony

The Norwegian soccer star won the 2018 Women's Ballon d'Or Award on Monday night in Paris, but her achievement was overshadowed by Martin Solveig, the French DJ who co-hosted the event, asking her to twerk seconds after announcing her as the victor.

French DJ Martin Solveig apologised and said he was taken aback by the stormy reaction online after he asked the inaugural women's Ballon D'Or victor Ada Hegerberg whether she could "twerk" live on stage.

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

"My point was: I don't invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song".

He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke. Watch the full sequence. "To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke, it wasn't".

"I also want to thank France Football".

'I didn't really consider it as sexual harassment or anything in the moment'.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the best men's player of 2018 at the prestigious awards organised by France Football magazine.

"I didn't really think about it at the time".

"Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended".

Reactions both in the room and online were quick to condemn Solveig's comment and express how shocking his behavior was, especially during such a monumental moment for Hegerberg's inaugural win.

Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon's biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian worldwide but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

In an interview with the BBC later on Monday, Hegerberg sought to play down the moment. "It's a huge step for women's football".

Neither Kylian Mbappe, who won the Trophee Kopa for the best U21 player, or men's victor Luka Modric were asked if they could twerk by Solveig.

The 23-year-old who has won three Champions League crowns, four French championships and three French Cup titles, saw off competition from VfL Wolfsburg and Denmark's Pernille Harder who finished just six votes shy of Hegerberg in a vote by 45 journalists from around the world.

"It is a fantastic day for women's is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this".

Ironically, before the ceremony, Hegerberg, who scored 53 goals for the club in 33 appearances last season and has 14 in as many games to date during the current campaign, was asked about sexism in football.

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