First female Ballon d'Or victor gives stirring speech

First female Ballon d'Or victor gives stirring speech

Hegerberg is the first ever victor of the newly awarded female prize, making history.

Olympique Lyonnais and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or award for the best player in women's football on Monday (Dec 3) but the moment was tarnished when DJ Martin Solveig asked her to "twerk" after receiving the prize. "It's a huge step for women's football and the work you put down is such an important thing for women's football, and together, we'll make a difference".

The French DJ, on stage in Paris to help present the award, stunned the audience by asking Hegerberg to "twerk" on stage.

But Solveig still apologised on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir.

On receiving the award, the Champions League victor said: "I would like to say a huge thanks to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity to have this award".

"This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English cultural level ..." I didn't know this would be seen as such an offense...

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Hegerberg appears visibly disgusted by the remark, gives a firm no and turns away from the camera as Solveig laughs.

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 and Bronze were two of seven Lyon players shortlisted for the award. "It's all about how we respect women's football".

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

Modric was named the best player of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and was a key member of the Real Madrid team that won a third consecutive UEFA Champions League. They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russian Federation.

Pernille Harder (Denmark/Wolfsburg), Dzsenifer Maroszan (Germany/Lyon), Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride) and Sam Kerr (Australia/Chicago Red Stars) filled out the top five.

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