Female Ballon d’Or winner and Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has noted that the introduction of the award for the female football category is a sign of progress in the sport.
She made this known whilst downplaying suggestions that the controversial request of her to twerk live on stage had overshadowed her win.
The Lyon striker’s red-hot goalscoring form helped the club to win a third successive Champions League title, enabling her to beat competition from Danish forward Pernille Harder for the award.
However, it can be recalled that the 23-year-old was asked to twerk by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, but she rejected the request. She later revealed that he apologized after the incident. Hegerberg said:
“He came to see me after and apologised. The Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.”
“I am touched and very proud, for women’s football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff”
“It’s historic, it’s incredible, a great day for women’s football and a big step forward.”
Lyon had 7 players featured amongst the 15 nominees for the award. Hegerberg went on to insist that her night was not marred by the request to twerk.
“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that.”
Meanwhile, Solvieg later apologized for his actions in a tweet that said Hegerberg understood that he was joking.
He added: “Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended.”
“People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women”