Who is Ada Hegerberg? Women's Ballon d'Or 2018 winner and what was the twerking incident?

Who is Ada Hegerberg? Women's Ballon d'Or 2018 winner and what was the twerking incident?

December 4, 2018

But her big night in Paris was overshadowed by a controversial incident in which French DJ Martin Solveig asked her to twerk.

Who is Ada Hegerberg?

Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg is a Norwegian professional footballer who is a striker at Division 1 Feminine club Olympique Lyonnais.

She started her career at local club Kolbotn in 2010 and whilst only 16-years-old became the clubs top goalscorer in 2011.

After spending time at Norwegian club Stabaek, Hegerberg signed a contract with German side FFC Turbine Potsdam and scored in her Bundesliga debut against SC Freiburg.

After one season in the German top flight, the striker signed a contact with Lyon in 2014 scoring 26 goals in her first season with the club.

At the age of 15, she was part of the Norwegian under-19 team which reached the final of the 2011 Women's U-19 Championship.

Hegerberg made her full international debut in 2011 and has made 66 appearances for her national side.

In 2015 she was awarded the 2015 Norwegian Gold Ball, given to the best footballer in Norway.

She was the first woman to win the award in 20 years.

How many times has she won the Champions League?

Since moving to Lyon, Hegerberg has lifted a number of trophies with the club.

Her first Champions League win came in 2015-16 season when Lyon beat Wolfsburg on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

The Lyon striker scored for her side on 12 minutes but was the only player you failed to score her penalty for the club in the shootout.

Hegerberg was the top goalscorer in the competition that season.

Lyon successfully defended their title in 2016-17 in Cardiff against Paris St. Germain.

The game went to penalties for a second year in a row after a 0-0 draw but Hegerberg was not involved after being substituted on the hour mark.

Last season, Lyon secured their third consecutive title and once again Hegerberg was the top goalscorer in the competition.

The game finished 0-0 but in extra time, Lyon went on to beat Wolfsburg 4-1 win Hegerberg scoring their third goal of the game in Kiev.

And in December 2018 she became the first ever Women's Ballon d'Or winner.


  • Norwegian Women's Cup with Stabaek: Winner 2012
  • Division 1 Feminine: Winner 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coupe de France: Winner 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Women's Champions League: Winner 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe: 2016
  • Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year: 2016
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016
  • BBC Women's Footballer of the Year: 2017
  • Women's Ballon d'Or: 2018

What was the twerking controversy?

At the 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris, Hegerberg was presented with the trophy by Solveig.

But after Kylian Mbappe did a dance to celebrate winning the Kopa Trophy for young players, the French DJ asked the Norwegian to perform a similar celebration, asking her if she could twerk.

An embarrassed Hegerberg simply said no and walked off the stage with an awkward smile, while Mbappe was also filmed in the audience looking shocked.

Solveig was blasted for sexism after the event with Andy Murray leading the charge.

The British tennis star wrote on Instagram: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport. ‘Why do women still have to put up with that sh*t?

"What questions did they ask [Kylian] Mbappe and [Ballon d'Or winner Luka] Modric? I’d imagine something to do with football.

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

"I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal."

Who is her sister Andrine?

Elder sister Andrine is also a footballer and after starting out at the same three clubs – Kolbotn, Stabaek and FFC Turbine Potsdam, the midfielder moved to Swedish side Kopparbergs.

She signed for FA WSL club Birmingham City on 15 June 2016 and reached the final of the Women's FA Cup in 2017 where they were beaten by Manchester City at Wembley.

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