Ada Hegerberg, the 23-year-old Norwegian striker currently playing for Lyon, got to enjoy her historic win for about four seconds after being presented with the trophy by French EDM producer Martin Solveig.
Then he made a dumb joke about whether she could twerk in celebration.
I’m not sure which reaction I love more: Hegerberg’s flat shutdown, or Mbappe’s incredulous stare.
(Also, now we know the infinitive of “twerk” in French. Useful.)
She and Solveig danced to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ right after she accepted the award, for some reason.
Hegerberg’s teammate Lucy Bronze told the BBC that Solveig was asking each winner what their celebratory dance was, and Hegerberg herself said she wasn’t particularly fazed by the question.
“[Solveig] came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest.
“I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest. I will have a glass of champagne when I get back.”
But twerking is still a feminine (and queer) coded dance with sexual overtones – it’s not the same as asking her if she would do a celebratory moonwalk, or the worm, or the Batusi.
It’s not the end of the damn world. It’s just a dumb, unquestionably sexist comment that meant that the first ever winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin has to answer journalist questions about twerking instead of, say, how she scored a record-breaking 15 goals last season.
BTW: Australia’s best footballer, Sam Kerr, came in fifth in the journalist-voted poll.