Ada Hegerberg Wins First Ever Women’s Ballon d’Or Award

Own goal DJ Solveig puts question to Hegerberg and Andy Murray’s reaction GETTY  AP

Women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg has played down suggestions her historic victory appeared to be overshadowed after she was asked to perform a "twerk" live on stage at Monday's ceremony in Paris.

He also shared a video saying that the controversy stemmed from "a distortion of my English level and my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone and didn't know this could be seen as such an offence".

French DJ Martin Solveig learned this to his discomfort when he asked Ada Hegerberg to twerk just after she became the first female victor of the Ballon d'Or and used her victory speech to appeal to girls everywhere to "please, believe in yourself".

"I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke", Solveig wrote. "To be honest, I was just happy to be dancing and celebrating my win in the Golden Ball".

Angry Andy Murray’s reaction
Angry Andy Murray’s reaction

In what was a stunning individual 2017/18 season, Hegerberg managed to score a remarkable 49 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions and played a huge role in Lyon's march to their third straight Champions League title.

However, as the Norway global was leaving the stage, Solveig asked her if she knew how to twerk, but the three-time women's Champions League victor abruptly said "no" before walking away.

The England defender, 27, told the BBC: 'Ada can twerk, she was lying. The other is Martin Solveig.

The Ballon d'Or has been given out every year since 1956.

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Among the fiercest critics was tennis star Andy Murray, who asked: 'Why do women still have to put up with this s***?' Though Solveig later apologised to Hagerberg and "all those who may have been offended", twitter did not hold back in calling out the sexism on stage.

The two-time Wimbledon victor and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke".

He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal".

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said.

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"What questions did they ask [best men's under-21 player Kylian] Mbappe and [best men's player Luka] Modric?"

She said she did not feel like the incident took away from her victory and said she was "sad if people thought about the situation like that", according to AFP.

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