History was made early Tuesday morning In Paris with Ada Hegerberg becoming the first winner of the Ballon d'Or award. But the Norwegian footballer was presented with an awkward question live on stage by the host Martin Solveig, which ruined the moment. The famed DJ wanted to know if the world's best woman football player can actually twerk.
Hegerberg, 23, appeared embarrassed when asked by Solveig if she wanted to dance in celebration and “knew how to twerk”. She refused and walked away before agreeing to dance to another song with David Ginola, who co-hosted the event with Solveig.
The episode stirred up a huge debate on the social media, with many blaming the French DJ for making a sexist comment. He later apologised but the damage was already done.
Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was : I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women pic.twitter.com/pnZX8qvl4R— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada pic.twitter.com/DATdg0TfQk— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
Hegerberg said that Solveig apologised to her and she "wasn’t upset."
Ballon d’Or winner @AdaStolsmo says she wasn’t upset when French DJ Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk at the award ceremony in Paris. Apologies for my framing at the beginning pic.twitter.com/LFzEoCccRo— John Leicester (@johnleicester) December 3, 2018
Imagine winning the first EVER women's Ballon d'Or.
Then giving an unbelievable speech about how big this is for women's football.
Then asking little girls to believe in themselves.
THEN being asked to twerk. Fuck off dude. pic.twitter.com/MkbL5KZalD— Frances Silva (@fasilva11) December 3, 2018
This video of Ada Hegerberg is worth your time. This is why she is the first female winner of the Ballon D'Or. Sadly the video of the goon asking her to twerk will be watched more than this. pic.twitter.com/HxNTDrivrz— Darren Cleary (@RadioCleary) December 3, 2018
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or winner after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching. Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved. Poor. pic.twitter.com/FSz0ozz2T4— Sean (@SeanWalkerSport) December 3, 2018
Imagine working hard for your entire life, becoming a one of the best professional female footballer at the age of 23, being the first EVER person to win the female Ballon d’Or, just to be asked “can you twerk” on television by a man.
Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. https://t.co/Kld2EINRzO— Fredrik (@F_Edits) December 3, 2018
Absolute trash: French DJ Martin Solveig asks Ada Hegerberg to twerk after receiving the first women's Ballon d'Or award. (Love her response, though.) This is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world.pic.twitter.com/y2TLe3v4u9— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 3, 2018
Martin Solveig really asked Ada Hegerberg, the first ever Ballon D'Or winner, to twerk. The absolute disrespect bruh. pic.twitter.com/Mtc5DBjS7a— A West (@ayyy_west) December 3, 2018
2018 Ballon d’Or summary:
• Messi finished 5th
• Neymar not in top 10
• Courtois wining best GK award
• The female Ballon d’Or winner asked if she knew how to twerk by the host.
What a complete mess.— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) December 3, 2018
'Do you know how to twerk?'
how are you this sexist that you'd think to ask a woman who has just been celebrated for earning the highest individual honor in her sport if she want to twerk?? this is right after making her dance. fuck Martin Solveig. pic.twitter.com/hvRB0YfsOu— amadí (@amadoit__) December 3, 2018
Read some of the reactions:
Hegerberg, who helped Division 1 Feminine club Olympique Lyonnais to the French title and UEFA Champions League, beat Denmark’s Pernille Harder to the prize.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric won the Men's Ballon d'Or award, thus ending the decade-long dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.