Women's best player Hegerberg's Ballon d'Or award overshadowed by 'twerk' request

Women's best player Hegerberg's Ballon d'Or award overshadowed by 'twerk' request

With her win signalling a breakthrough in the widespread acknowledgement of women's football, her moment in the spotlight was ever so slightly compromised by the inappropriate comments of French DJ, Martin Solveig.

A historic moment in female football has been destroyed by a male presenter's disgraceful question.

Before Solveig's intervention, Hegerberg thanked all who had helped her to the achievement.

Solveig was quick to apologise after his actions provoked furious criticism on social media. In the video he shared, he said, "Guys, I'm a little bit amazed by what I'm reading on the internet". She added, "I also want to thank France Football". This comes from a distortion of my English level, and my English culture level which obviously isn't enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone.

He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had a stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but during a glittering ceremony at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs-Elysees, it was Modric's night: "It's a unique feeling".

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Hegerberg earlier spoke of her pride in winning the award and said she hoped it would motivate young female players.

"It's a huge step for women's fútbol and the work you put down is such an important thing for women's fútbol and together we'll make a difference", she said.

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

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

Luka Modric of Real Madrid won the Ballon D'Or on the men's side. The reaction to Solveig, who was featured throughout the Ballon d'Or gala, drew gasps from the crowd and a look of bewilderment from Kylian Mbappe, who earlier had won the first Kopa Trophy going to the world's best player under 21.

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