'Twerk' request mars Norwegian star's historic Ballon d'Or win

The Internet Cries Sexism Over Inappropriate Joke Martin Solveig Made During Award Show Matthew Meadow

The Internet Cries Sexism Over Inappropriate Joke Martin Solveig Made During Award Show Matthew Meadow

But the historic moment was tarnished after French DJ Martin Solveig, a presenter at the Paris gala, asked the soccer star if she wanted to twerk on stage, prompting gasps in the crowd. Visibly irritated, Hegerberg declined. However, she also expressed frustration about living "in such a man's world" and said the award will not make her reconsider her refusal to play for Norway because of her unhappiness over perceived inequality.

Hegerberg had said the award signified "a huge step for women's football" before the ceremony, but that was countered by Solveig's actions just minutes after the award was presented.

The Norwegian global scooped the coveted prize at the ceremony in Paris following a stunning 42-goal season, including 15 in the Champions League for club Lyon as they won the competition for the third consecutive year.

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956.

Hegerberg went down in history in becoming the first female recipient of France Football's new award, after a year which saw the Lyon striker win the Champions League.

Hegerberg appears visibly disgusted by the remark, gives a firm no and turns away from the camera as Solveig laughs. Solveig's comments were met with stunned silence in the audience.

After the show, Solveig posted a video on Twitter to apologize.

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"This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended, sorry about that".

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

'Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women'.

"Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved".

She cheerfully said, "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or". Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D'or five times - a record he shares with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi - placed a distant 5th.

Kerr had another outstanding 2018 winning the NWSL golden boot, the PFA Women's Footballer of the Year and ESPY Award for Best International Women's Soccer Player.

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