Ballon d’Or proves sexism is still very much alive in soccer

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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.

Even though Ada Hegerberg said she hadn't been offended by the twerking question during Monday's award ceremony, Solveig still apologized on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir. "This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise".

The ceremony's co-host French DJ Martin Solveig raised many an eyebrow when he asked Hegerberg whether she knows how to "twerk": "Do you know how to twerk?".

Hegerberg said that Solveig had apologized and that she "didn't think about it at that moment". I didn't think about it at that moment.

Hegerberg, who helped her club win the Women's Champions League last season, looked uncomfortable and responded,"No".

When questioned on the subject in the mixed zone, Ada Hegerberg, all his happiness had lifted the precious trophy, did not wish to fuel the controversy and overwhelm with Martin Solveig.

Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports contributor Grant Wahl added his disapproval of the incident, calling Solveig "absolute trash" and agreeing with Murray's comment that "this is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world".

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One of seven Lyon players among the 15 nominees, Hegerberg has drawn comparisons to five-time male Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for her goalscoring exploits.

He wrote on Instagram: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".

Hegerberg turned away, seemingly in disgust, with Solveig using social media to send the Ballon d'Or victor an apology and claiming he had cleared the matter up with the player.

Speaking to the BBC, the footballer said, "He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way". "Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended".

He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal". "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", he wrote.

"I wasn't upset", she said.

Then giving an unbelievable speech about how big this is for women's football. What questions did they ask [Kylian] Mbappe and [men's victor Luka] Modric?

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