Twerk request causes storm at Ballon d'Or

HISTORIC: Ada Hegerberg gestures after receiving the FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year in Paris on Monday. AFP

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg said the introduction of a women's Ballon d'Or was a "big step forward" for the game, playing down suggestions her historic victory was overshadowed after being asked to perform a 'twerk' live on stage.

The Lyon star -- whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory -- edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The 23-year-old was asked if she would perform a sexually provocative dance by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, and appeared embarrassed as she rejected the request.

Hegerberg later said: "He came to see me after and apologised. The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing."

"I am touched and very proud, for women's football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my team-mates, the staff," she beamed.

"It's historic, it's incredible, a great day for women's football and a big step forward."

Hegerberg, one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, dismissed suggestions that the night was marred by the "twerk" request.

"I didn't feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that."

Hegerberg was Lyon's top scorer with 15 goals -- with one coming in the Champions League final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. Harder had put the Germans in front in that game.

Lyon also won the French title for the 12th season in succession, with Hegerberg top-scoring with 31 goals, and she continues to bang in the goals for her team who are top of the table again this season.

Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.

"I think the fact I scored 54 goals last season and 53 goals this year -- it's a lot of goals in one year," she said.

"I know it's difficult to score 50 goals every season. It is a challenge. That is where I set the bar."

 

 

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