The First-Ever Female Footballer To Win Ballon d'Or Gets Asked On Stage: "Can You Twerk?"

She was named the inaugural winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin.

Cover image via Ada S Hegerberg/Twitter

It can't get more troubling (and a blatant display of how casual sexism is still part of the modern times) when the woman who was just crowned the world's best footballer was asked to "twerk"

The stage was the Ballon d'Or Féminin, and the woman, Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg, who is just 23, named the inaugural winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin was on it to make it the most incredible moments in the history of women's sports when the host, French DJ Martin Solveig asked her the question: "Do you know how to twerk?"

To Ada's credit, she handled the question as it rightly should have been.

"No," replied the 23-year-old pro, in French, and began to leave the stage.

The Ballon d'Or puts Ada at the top of her profession, in the ranks of such greats as David Beckham, Cristiano Renaldo, and Lionel Messi, who actually finished fifth in this year's Ballon d'Or vote

And to ask a woman at the most important moment of her career if she knows how to twerk immediately after she had used her victory speech to say how she hoped to inspire more young girls to follow their passions reeks of sexism, plain and simple.

Rightly so, people who saw the question for what it was expressed their shock. The French DJ Solveig was widely criticised on social media by the people world over, including by two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray, who said on Instagram: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport."

Image via Andy Murray

The DJ issued his "sorry-if-you're-offended" non-apology apology via Twitter saying, how respectful he is "especially with women"

Meanwhile, Ada didn't let the DJ's sexist remark tarnish her accomplishment. She took to her Twitter to post a photo of herself holding the award, accompanied by a caption, "What a night"

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