Woman who won soccer's most prestigious award immediately asked if she could twerk
To add to the ever-growing list of reasons why the patriarchy must be smashed - football player, Ada Hegerberg, won the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or award - and was promptly asked whether she could twerk.
Were Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Michel Platini asked whether they could simultaneously squat and shake their arse to 100 BPM when they won the Ballon d'Or? No.
Hegerberg is the first ever woman to win the award - which despite often being described as a popularity contest, seeks to name the best player in the world - making it a pretty big deal.
Hegerberg, who hails from Norway and plays for Lyon, France, was dominant in the 2017-18 season, scoring 42 goals across all competitions, including 14 in the Champions League. Per SBNation, at 23-years-old, she already has 272 professional goals.
"I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach, or our president Jean-Michel Aulas," she said after winning the award, according to a BBC translation. "I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women's football."
Hegerberg's achievement, however, was tainted when Martin Solveig - a French DJ and participant in the awards ceremony - asked her if she could twerk.
Her reaction said it all.
The incident naturally incited the ire of the internet.
"This video of Ada Hegerberg is worth your time. This is why she is the first female winner of the Ballon D'Or. Sadly the video of the goon asking her to twerk will be watched more than this," one Twitter user wrote.
Another corroborated: "Imagine winning the first EVER women's Ballon d'Or. Then giving an unbelievable speech about how big this is for women's football. Then asking little girls to believe in themselves. THEN being asked to twerk. F*ck off dude."
While Hegerberg has not publicly responded to the incident - barring her curt "no" - Solveig took to Twitter to defend himself.
"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended," he wrote. "My point was: I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women."
This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level which is obviously not enough," Solveig continued. "This was a joke, and I want to apologize for the one I may have offended."