Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was named the winner of the first ever French Ballon d’Or Award for women’s football. But her moment was ruined when host, DJ Martin Solveig asked her to twerk on stage.
After leading Olympique Lyonnais to the Women’s Champions League title, scoring in her side’s 4-1 hammering of VFL Wolfsburg in the final, it was not a surprise to see Hegerberg walking up to the stage to collect the prestigious award.
Congratulations to Norwegian forward @AdaStolsmo on becoming the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or! 👏
As for the ‘presenter’ asking you to twerk live on TV? 🤦♀️ Looks like we have a new Idiot of the Day!
— AS Roma Women (@ASRomaWomen) December 3, 2018
Women Playing in a Men’s World
Hegerberg’s stony-faced “no” said it all as she responded to the request and left the stage clearly embarrassed after getting the biggest accolade of her career. According to Ed Aarons, deputy news editor of the Guardian Sport, before the awards ceremony in Paris, Hegerberg had said: “We’re in a men’s world.”
“Sometimes it’s really frustrating. Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, damn we’re in such a men’s world, but at the same time I have never looked at myself different from a men’s footballer. I have always felt the same. I work hard to try to achieve my dreams like every other girl out there and that is the way we have to look at it.”
Ballon D’Or Host Aplogizes for Twerk Comment
Solveig took to Twitter to announce that he has apologised to Hegerberg. He also attempted to explain his offensive question blaming it on his not so good English.
“I am a little bit amazed by what I am reading on the internet. I, of course, didn’t want to offend anyone. This comes from a distortion of my level of English. This was a joke, probably a bad one. I want to apologise to those I may have offended.”
Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was : I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women pic.twitter.com/pnZX8qvl4R
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
The French DJ claimed that Hegerberg understood his twerk question was a joke. He said he explained to her about the buzz and congratulated her on winning the Ballon d’Or.
I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada pic.twitter.com/DATdg0TfQk
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
Ada Hegerberg’s Success
The 23-year-old Hegerberg scored 31 goals in 29 games for Lyonnais Football Club across all competitions this season helping her side win the French title.
“I want to say thanks to my team-mates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas.”
The Ballon d’Or was introduced back in 1956 and only awarded to men’s players every year. But this year, women footballers are being recognised as this is the first year there has been a Ballon d’Or for women’s football. Hegerberg said she also wanted to thank France Football as this award is a huge step for women’s football.
The Best Men’s Football Player
Meanwhile, in his debut season for Real Madrid seven years ago Luka Modric was heavily criticised and voted as the worst signing in 2012, but the Croatian midfielder made an impressive turnaround to become the fans’ favourite and an important figure in the Madrid set-up.
Two months after being named the best men’s player of the year at the FIFA Best Awards, the diminutive creative midfielder in a tuxedo walked away with the Ballon d’Or Best Player in the World for 2018 on Monday in Paris.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are arguably two of the greatest footballers ever and it took a special player like Modric to finally end the Ronaldo-Messi 10-year dominance of the Ballon d’Or.
#BallonDor2018 winner: Luka Modrić!#UCL winner 🥇
UEFA Men's Player of the Year🏆#UCL Midfielder of the Season 17/18 ✅#UCL Squad of the Season 17/18 ✅
The Best FIFA Men's Player🏆
World Cup Golden Ball🏆
World Cup Dream Team ✅
FIFPro World XI ✅
🇭🇷Player of the Year ✅ pic.twitter.com/dPg0HSOtPk
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 3, 2018
“It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’ Or throughout history. It’s a unique feeling. I am happy, proud and honoured. I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” said Modric.
Juventus and Portuguese striker, Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2017, took second place this year while Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann was third, ahead of his France teammate Kylian Mbappé, with Messi (fifth place) outside the top three for the first time in 12 years.
The year 2018 has been a phenomenal one for Modric, winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year after helping Madrid win a third consecutive Champions League title, and leading Croatia with pride to their first ever World Cup final. He was named Best FIFA Men’s Player in spite of his country losing 4-2 to France. The former Tottenham Spurs midfielder is also the first Croatian player to win the Ballon d’Or.