DJ Solveig Apologizes After Asking Ballon d'Or Winner Ada Hegerberg To Twerk

Andy Murray, who has always stood up for women, over the years, berated the Ballon d'Or award ceremony, for the ungentlemanly-like question that was posed by Martin Solveig after, the French DJ's comment took the shine off Ada Hegerberg's Ballon d'Or success.

Hegerberg has scored over 250 career goals at the age of 23, and for reasons unknown, Solveig believed it to be the ideal time to ask a professional female if she could twerk onstage.

"I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke", Solveig wrote. Taking to Twitter, he said "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada".

The 23-year-old - who scored 15 goals for Lyon during a triumphant Champions League campaign last season - was encouraged to perform the provocative dance move as she gave her acceptance speech.

"What questions did they ask [best men's under-21 player Kylian] Mbappe and [best men's player Luka] Modric?"

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded to the top male footballer on the planet since 1956, with Monday's presentation to Hegerberg marking the first time France Football magazine has offered a female equivalent.

Hegerberg hasn't played for the national team since previous year because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women's soccer in Norway.

Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May 24
Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May

The Ballon d'Or is an annual football (or soccer, as we'd say in the US) award presented by France Football. After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she twerked, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry.

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.

Hegerberg - who plays for Olympique Lyonnais - responded with an understandably curt "non".

"He (Solveig) came to me after and was really sad that it went that way", Hegerberg said. If people think that it's okay to ask someone to do that. "Of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said in a video, adding that his English language skills could be partially to blame. "It's historic, it's incredible, a great day for women's football and a big step forward".

Earlier, Hegerberg spoke of her pride in winning the prize and said she hoped it would motivate female players.

It was all the more awkward seeing as the footballer's speech was referencing her hopes of inspiring girls to believe in themselves.

Vanessa Coleman