Female Footballer Wins Historic Award, Is Promptly Asked If She Can Twerk

Female Footballer Wins Historic Award, Is Promptly Asked If She Can Twerk

Female Footballer Wins Historic Award, Is Promptly Asked If She Can Twerk

The sports world may be furious about Monday night's events, but Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg says she doesn't think being asked to twerk after receiving her Ballon d'Or trophy was "sexual harassment".

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.

Nope, us neither - nearly ruined Hegerberg's night with an inexplicably sexist remark shortly after the forward collected her award.

Solveig used social media to send Hegerberg an apology and give his take on the incident.

"Why do women still have to put up with that s***?", the former world No 1 tennis player said on Instagram.

Earlier in the night, Kylian Mbappe was named victor of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year. She added, "I also want to thank France Football. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

He later followed up up by tweeting: "I explained to Ada Hegerberg the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

Earlier this year, Hegerberg scored a record 15 goals as Lyon became the first team to win three-straight Champions League titles, bettering her tally of 14 from the previous season.

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

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award. "Being a women's footballer and winning the Ballon d'Or tonight is a step for me to take that action, personally". Throughout the award's 62-year-long history, only men have been acknowledged for the best player award.

The Ballon d'Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association under the title "The Best" from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity again.

Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, which included the men's Ballon d'Or and Kopa Trophy presentations, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra. "And I want to apologize to the ones I may have offended". The Norwegian star, who hasn't played for her national team since Women's Euro 2017, was seen saying "non" in French before reluctantly agreeing to dance to another song.

Ceremony co-host Solveig asked Hegerberg: "Do you know how to twerk?".

Solveig inexplicably asked the player, "Est-ce que tu sais twerker?" which translates to, "Do you know how to twerk?".

"Please", she said, "believe in yourselves".

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