Huge Backlash As World's Best Footballer Asked To Twerk On Stage
People are disgusted after the first ever female Ballon D'Or winner was asked to twerk on stage after accepting her award.
Ada Hegerberg, 23, made history on Tuesday but her big moment was marred by blatant sexism.
French DJ and ceremony co-host Martin Solveig asked the Norwegian forward to twerk on stage.
Yep. The Norwegian forward, just awarded the world's best player in the women's game having scored 31 goals in 29 games for Lyon across all competitions this season, was asked to twerk.
The request came just seconds after she accepted her award and declared it a "huge step for women's football".
Her response was pure class:
Obviously, the reactions has been savage.
Some Twitter users were at the very least, hunting for equality.
For the record, Croatian footballer Luka Modrić won the men's award (it was the first time in the last decade that someone other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came away with the title) but no, he wasn't asked to twerk or do the Full Monty.
Despite the uproar, Hegerberg said she had no hard feelings towards Solveig.
"He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment" she told BBC sport "I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d'Or to be honest."
As for the man at the centre of it all? He's issued an apology via Twitter
Despite the controversy, Hegerberg still made history, and for very good reason.
She plays for the French side Lyon. She scored a tournament-record 15 goals in the Women’s Champions League last season and netted 42 goals over 25 regular games. In total, she has 250 career goals in the league.
She's also won a couple of big awards: 2016 Uefa’s Best Women’s Player award and 2017 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
So to celebrate, here is her highlight reel. Enjoy.