Martin Solveig asks Ada Hegerberg to twerk and later apologises


Norway and Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, which recognises the best football player in the world.

While this is undoubtedly true, the moment was soured when French DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg if she could "twerk".

"I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke", Solveig said via his twitter feed. "I will have a glass of champagne when I get back".

Solveig used social media to send Hegerberg an apology and give his take on the incident. Unfortunately, I didn't want to offend anyone.

"This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English cultural level ..."

"I didn't see it as a sexual harassment or anything".

"This was a joke, probably a bad one", Solveig said. Following the spread of the clip, Solveig faced thousands of comments on Twitter calling for him to be "fired" and calling him a "sexist pig".

Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra.

Amid all these, the camera panned to Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe, who looked utterly shocked to the DJ's weird request.

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Solveig, a musician and radio host, apologised in person to Hegerberg and said he was "astonished" at the reaction.

Hegerberg - who has scored 185 goals in 149 games since joining Lyon four years ago - mentioned what an important moment this was for women in soccer and closed her speech with a message to young girls around the world.

She said she did not feel like the incident took away from her victory and said she was "sad if people thought about the situation like that", according to AFP. "It's a huge step for women's football. We just follow two different paths at the moment", she said.

A jury of 45 journalists picked Hegerberg from among 15 nominees, including Matildas star striker Sam Kerr who was fifth in the voting.

Another added: "Grown men asking a Ballon d'Or victor to twerk in front of famous people".

For the first time ever, France Football awarded the honour to a female player.

The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil's Marta - victor of FIFA's best player prize - to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.

Dane Pernille Harder and German Dzsenifer Marozsan rounded out the top three, while Brazilian Marta was fourth.