On Equality In Football & Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or triumph


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By Patrick Pearse

A standout amongst the most esteemed award ceremonies in the world started with an upset on Monday evening when the first ever women’s soccer player of the year was asked to twerk (dance with movement of hip bones and bending knees) in front of an audience by a male presenter.

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, 23, had quite recently acknowledged her trophy when the presenter, Martin Solveig, a DJ and producer, asked her in French whether she could twerk or not. Evidently she became irritated and refused by saying “no” abruptly, and then she turned and left. Hegerberg’s win helps and motivates other women to shine no matter what sports they are in. When you are good at your sport, you may have lack of time to study. That is the case when cheap essays helps.

People on social media largely criticized Martin Solveig’s misconduct and considered this as a cheap tactics, journalists and presenters to underline his disrespective approach towards women. He really asked Ada Hegerberg, the first ever Ballon D’Or winner, to twerk, which appeared to be an absolute disrespect. Hegerberg had recently been crowned as the first ever women recipient of Ballon D’or in the history of this prestigious award.

The FIFA Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) is an annual association football award presented to the world’s best men’s player from 2010 to 2015 awarded jointly by FIFA and France Football Association. The prize was a merger of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d’Or, the two most esteemed individual distinctions in world of football. The FIFA Ballon d’Or is being awarded depending on votes from international journalists, national team coaches and captains, who selected the players they think, have played their best over the last period of calendar year.

Previously Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has crowned six times by this most esteemed soccer awards continuing with the major aspect of their ongoing rivalry.

Barcelona’s Messi won the first ever Ballon d’Or in 2010 and proceeded to win three in a row, after his wins in 2011 and 2012. Ronaldo, who played for Juventus, won progressive honors in the following two years. The last FIFA Ballon d’Or was awarded to Messi in 2015. This association of Ballon D’or and FIFA come to an end in 2015. Since then France Football reintroduced the past configuration of the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA made The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award.

Ballon D’Or until this year was only recognized by the male soccer players but this year it goes to Hegerberg, who was the main scorer with 15 objectives as her team, Lyon, won the Champions League for the third year in succession.

France Football has granted the Ballon D’Or to a male player consistently since 1956, however this is the first year there has been a women’s award.

Before the Solveig’s interruption, Hegerberg expressed great gratitude toward all who had helped her to the accomplishment of this award.

“I want to say thanks to my team since this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas. She also added, “I want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”

But what ought to have been a celebratory and historic evening immediately plunged into awkwardness and uncomfortable quietness. Soccer, in the same way as other games, has an issue with sexism. Solveig’s remarks were met with stunned silence in the crowd. The ceremony, which occurred in Paris, gave off an impression of being stopped after the incident.

In a video posted on Twitter not long after, Solveig said he had been greatly misunderstood as he just made a joke. He also said “he hadn’t intended to offend anybody.”

My sincere apology to the one I may have insulted. My point was: “I don’t ask ladies to twerk however move on a Sinatra melody. People who follow me on social media for a long more than 20 years know that how respectful I am particularly with ladies.”

In a meeting with the BBC later on Monday, Hegerberg tried to play down the occasion. She said that “After some short time that evening, he came to me and apologized. He said it was extremely tragic that it went that way. Furthermore, Hegerberg told BBC that at that time, to be very honest, I really didn’t think about it. I don’t consider it as a sexual harassment or anything in the moment.

“I was only cheerful to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest. I will have a glass of champagne when I get back,” she said.

On that night, Luka Modric, who lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final and won an unprecedented third Champions League trophy with Spanish club Real Madrid, was named the world’s best male player. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D’or five times, a record he imparts to Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, placed second.

It was the first time in ten years that neither one of the players has won the honor. The 23 year old scored in the current year’s Champions League last as French side Lyon beat Wolfsburg 4-1 in Kiev.

Wolfsburg and Denmark striker Pernille Harder was second, Germany midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan third and England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze 6th.

Solveig later apologized, and Hegerberg played down recommendations it had damaged her win.

Hegerberg was one of seven players from the all-vanquishing Lyon side to highlight among the 15 chosen people.

She was the main scorer with 15 objectives as the French side won the Champions League for the third year running.

The list of candidates is arranged by the editorial staff of the French magazine.

From 2010 to 2015 it merged with Fifa’s awards, however the world governing body set up its own awards again in 2016.

The List of Ten

Ada Hegerberg (Lyon and Norway)

Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg and Denmark)

Dzsenifer Maroszan (Lyon and Germany)

Marta (Orlando and Brazil)

Sam Kerr (Perth and Australia)

Lucy Bronze (Lyon and England)

Amandine Henry and Wendie Renard (both Lyon and France)

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle and USA)

Lindsay Horan (Portland and USA)

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