DJ Martin Solveig asks Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg to twerk

DJ Martin Solveig asks Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg to twerk

Hegerberg, a Norwegian striker for Lyon's Olympique Lyonnais football team, beat the likes of England's Lucy Bronze to win the prize, but was left embarrassed while collecting the award from Martin Solveig, a French DJ, and the former French worldwide footballer David Ginola.

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg said the introduction of a women's Ballon d'Or was a "big step forward" for the game, playing down suggestions her historic victory was overshadowed after being asked to perform a "twerk" live on stage.

The French host asked the Lyon and Norway player if she knows how to do the dance, to which she quickly replied no.

The French DJ insisted he has always had the utmost respect for women, saying in a video on Twitter: 'Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended.

He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke.

"It's a vicious circle - women aren't paid equally, so they can't train full time and fulfil their potential, which means the quality of women's sport is criticised, less people watch, therefore there's less media coverage, so fewer sponsors are attracted, which means less funding for women's sport". And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke...

'I'd imagine it had something to do with football. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she said.

Ada Hegerberg is one of the most successful woman footballers in the world right now, and she's also rumoured to be one of the highest paid.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: "He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

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". "Why do women still have to put up with that s--?"

Solveig played music throughout the award ceremony in Paris and danced to Frank Sinatra with Hegerberg.

Ada Hegerberg, right, with David Ginola (left) and Martin Solveig.

The three-time Women's Champions League victor with French team Lyon says she'll be resting during the World Cup and training for the next season with her club.

"It is a fantastic day for women's is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this".

Hegerberg was the top scorer with 15 goals as the French side won the Champions League for the third year running.