Outrage as female Ballon d'Or winner asked to twerk while receiving award

Football's first ever female Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg's moment in the spotlight has been soiled, after being asked to twerk on stage while receiving her award.

Named as the inaugural winner of the award, Hegerberg was asked by the main host David Ginola and French house DJ Solveig if she wanted to perform the provocative dance in celebration.

Solveig has since taken to Twitter to apologise for the incident.

The 23-year-old declined and seemed to attempt to leave the stage before reluctantly agreeing to dance to another song with Ginola.

Solveig was heavyily criticised online after his inappropriate request.

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year.

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

"I want to say thanks to France Football. It's a huge step for women's football," Hegerberg said. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world. Believe in yourselves."

The outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't played for the national team since 2017 when it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship without scoring a goal.

After collecting her Ballon d'Or, Hegerberg told The Associated Press she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer."

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"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football," she said. "It's all about how we respect women's football. I don't think the respect has been there.

"Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself. I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working."

Ana Hegerberg had just been named as the best women’s footballer in the world. Source: Reuters