Luka Modric has won the Ballon d’Or, ending a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, his win was overshadowed when the inaugural winner of the women’s award, Ada Hegerberg, was asked to twerk live on stage by the host DJ, Martin Solveig.
Ada who helped Lyon to the French title and the Champions League, was embarrassed when Solveig asked her if she wanted to dance in celebration and ‘knew how to twerk’.
The 23-year-old quickly said no and left the stage. Shortly after the ceremony, Solveig tweeted apologizing to Ada for the remark, writing:
I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.
Later talking, she said:
He came to me afterward and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment. I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or.
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Ada also added that she was extremely proud to be the first female winner, saying:
It’s incredible. This is a great motivation to continue working hard and we will continue to work together to win more titles. I wanted to end with some words for young girls around the world: believe in yourselves.
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But the DJ’s comment did not sit well on social media, with many people criticizing it, among whom was Andy Murray who called it ‘another example of the ridiculous sexism in sport’. Moreover, Murray took to Instagram to say:
What questions did they ask Mbappé and Modric? I’d imagine something to do with football. And to everyone who thinks I’m overreacting and it was just a joke … it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in the sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.
There had been talks about a new winner in the 63rd edition of this award, however, in typically humble fashion Modric admitted he had been pleasantly surprised to be recognized after being congratulated on his victory by Croatia’s president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
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