Andy Murray in furious rant after sexism row at Ballon d'Or


Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg was named the inaugural female Ballon d'Or victor, given to the world's best female player in 2018.

Last night, 23-year old Ada Hegerberg made history by becoming the first ever female Ballon d'Or victor - but her special moment was somewhat overshadowed by host Martin Solveig asking her about twerking after she collected her award.

But the historic moment was tarnished after French DJ Martin Solveig, a presenter at the Paris gala, asked the soccer star if she wanted to twerk on stage, prompting gasps in the crowd.

Hegerberg earlier spoke of her pride in winning the award and said she hoped it would motivate young female players. "He came to me after and he was really, really sad that it went that way".

Solveig posted a picture of the pair embracing and wrote: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

"Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else". Norway has a great history of women's football but it's harder now.

Martin Solveig himself offered his "sincere apologies", adding that he doesn't invite women to twerk, but "dance on a Sinatra song".

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Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.

She scored a tournament-record 15 goals for Lyon in the Women's Champions League last season and notched 42 goals over 25 regular games.

The Norwegian striker had initially appeared unimpressed, and the viral tweet of her reply to the request was met with a withering response on social media. "I, of course, didn't want to offend anyone", Solveig said.

Hegerberg won the women's Champions League and scored in the final against Wolfsburg.

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".

"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken". I wish the national team the best, though.

"But at the same time, I've never looked at myself different from a man's footballer". "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".