Ballon DOr host apologises as twerk request causes storm

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The 23-year-old was named the inaugural victor of the award, which recognises the world's best player, in Paris.

A presenter at the Ballon d'Or football awards has apologised after he asked the inaugural victor of the women's prize, Ada Hegerberg, if she knew "how to twerk".

But after being awarded the trophy and completing her acceptance speech, Hegerberg was invited to dance to Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me To The Moon' with DJ Martin Solveig, when he asked an unnecessary question.

The Lyon and Norway forward replied "no" and the Frenchman's comments saw social media set alight with people criticising the remark.

"Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing".

And Hegerberg's achievements are enormous.

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

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women's Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

The 23-year-old who has won three Champions League crowns, four French championships and three French Cup titles, saw off competition from VfL Wolfsburg and Denmark's Pernille Harder who finished just six votes shy of Hegerberg in a vote by 45 journalists from around the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo came second and Antoine Griezmann - who was part of the France team that beat Croatia to the biggest prize in football - came third.

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"He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

"Of course I didn't want to offend anyone".

The prolific striker has abstained from playing for Norway's national team since 2017 because of the country's treatment of its women's national team.

Hegerberg had said the award signified "a huge step for women's football" before the ceremony, but that opinion was contradicted by Solveig's actions.

"I want to say thanks to France Football".

Unfortunately, Solveig's remarks have taken some of the attention away from the extraordinary achievement of the three-time women's Champions League victor.

Hegerberg then said she was "just happy" to have won the Ballon d'Or "to be honest".

"What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric?" he posted on Instagram, referring to the winners of the best young player and the men's Ballon D'Or.

Women in Football described Murray as a '#MaleAlly" when they wrote: "Andy Murray, saying it how it is.

"I wasn't upset", she said.

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