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

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Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has won three Champions League medals in-a-row with Lyon, and tonight scooped the Ballon d'Or at a star-studded ceremony in Paris.

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

Solveig confirmed that he spoke to Hegerberg after the ceremony.

What was a huge step was taken back a notch and unfortunately Hegerberg, as with everyone watching, is reminded that no matter how high up a woman goes or what new ceiling is broken there will always farther to go.

DJ Martin Solveig apologised to Women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg for asking her after she collected her award if she knew how to "twerk".

Hegerberg hasn't played for Norway's national team since 2017 because of what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in her country, and she told the Associated Press that she has no plans to reconsider that decision.

Solveig later took to Twitter to apologise, saying "those who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women".

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Solveig concluded that his remark "was a joke, probably a bad one" and said he wanted to apologize to anyone he may have offended.

"Football is the biggest sport in Norway for girls and has been for years but at the same time girls don't have the same opportunities as the boys". They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category.

The 23-year-old beat the likes of Denmark' Pernille Harder, Lyon team-mate Dzsenifer Marozsan, Brazilian forward Marta and Australia's Sam Kerr to claim title on Monday.

"It's all about how we respect women's football", she said.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the best men's player of 2018 at the prestigious awards organised by France Football magazine.

Imagine the honour of being crowned the inaugural women's victor of soccer's top individual prize - the Ballon d'Or for player of the year.

His countryman Kylian Mbappe won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the best male player aged 21 and under.

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