Andy Murray Responds Angrily To Ballon D'Or Twerking Fiasco

Arnold Nichols
December 5, 2018

Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women's Ballon d'Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

However, guest host for the night, French DJ Martin Solveig, asked Hegerberg whether she knew how to "twerk" moments after the prize was awarded, overshadowing the moment.

Hegerberg had also expressed frustration about living "in such a man's world" and said the award will not make her reconsider her refusal to play for Norway, including at next June's World Cup, because of her unhappiness over perceived inequality.

"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".

"To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.it wasn't".

"You've seen that I prepared a little celebration for (France forward) Kylian (Mbappe) so we said we're going to do something similar".

Before the ceremony, Hegerberg told The Guardian that she found it "really frustrating" that sport remains "such a man's world".

The 23-year-old Lyon striker was announced as the first ever victor of the women's Ballon d'Or by former France global David Ginola and gave an empowering speech to encourage more girls to play football. "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", Solveig wrote.

"Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended".


Hegerberg appears visibly disgusted by the remark, gives a firm no and turns away from the camera as Solveig laughs.

As soon as Hegerberg accepted her award the presenter, #MartinSolveig, asked her in French if "she could twerk".

Hegerberg added that this was a "huge step for women's football".

A jury of 45 journalists picked her from among 15 nominees for the inaugural Ballon d'Or for women.

Murray was similarly consistent in a 2016 interview with the BBC's John Inverdale after he defended his Olympic title.

"Sometimes it's really frustrating, I must say".

Serena and Venus Williams, along with Coco Vandeweghe Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys had all reached Grand Slam semi-finals in that period. "I didn't think about it at that moment".

Hegerberg took the opportunity to call out then-Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended his Champions League campaign on 14 goals.

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