First Female Ballon d'Or Winner Asked About Twerking By Host Martin Solveig

Inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or winner Ada Hegerberg

Hegerberg's stone-faced response of "Non" to the request said it all. Instead, it represented another embarrassing moment for soccer.

"This makes my blood boil", tweeted British soccer writer Jason Pettigrove, while New York Times politics reporter Astead Herndon described it as an "icky moment".

Solveig stunned viewers by asking a visibly embarrassed Hegerberg if she fancied twerking in celebration. "I, of course, didn't want to offend anyone".

In a video posted to Twitter shortly after, Solveig said "he [hadn't] wanted to offend anyone", and that the question, intended as a joke, had been misconstrued.

Then imagine, amid the joy of being on stage to accept the award, you're asked if you know how to "twerk".

Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, which included the men's Ballon d'Or and Kopa Trophy presentations, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra.

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Hegerberg was one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, but she won out thanks to her prolific form in front of goal.

Hegerberg called the introduction of the award a "huge step for women's football" and told women to believe themselves in a strong message. "It's all about how we respect women's football". People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women.

The Norwegian worldwide scooped the coveted prize at the ceremony in Paris following a stunning 42-goal season, including 15 in the Champions League for club Lyon as they won the competition for the third consecutive year.

The men's Ballon d'Or was picked up by Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who ended the decade-long monopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the award.

She stepped away from playing with Norway's national team, citing longstanding frustrations over the state of women's soccer there. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russian Federation.

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