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Aga Hegerberg: ‘The Ballon d’Or was an amazing night for women’

The footballer named the world’s best female player this week tells of her pride – and why the furore over the compere’s sexist remark ‘got out of hand’Ada Hegerberg says she wants to be remembered as the first woman to win the Ballon d’Or, after the m…

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Uefa president calls Solveig an ‘idiot’ over Ballon d’Or twerk comment – video

 Uefa President Aleksander ?eferin has called DJ Martin Solveig an ‘idiot than doesn’t know how to behave’ after he asked Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg is she knew how to twerk. The Uefa President was speaking at an event in Slovenia. He added …

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Sports quiz of the week: Luka Modric, Deontay Wilder, Pelé and long hair

Who has ‘one skill’? Who bunked off? Who swung and missed?Deontay Wilder threw 430 punches in his fight against Tyson Fury. What percentage of them landed?6%17%29%51%Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or on Monday night and became the first player other than…

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Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or reactions echoed class she shows on pitch | Eni Aluko

The Norwegian’s powerful, inspiring speech gave me goose bumps and the award’s worthy winner dealt with Martin Solveig’s casual sexism magnificentlyWhen I was a young girl I had to deal with people calling me weird and strange because I spent so much t…

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‘He could have asked something different’: Ada Hegerberg on twerking question at Ballon d’Or – video

The Norway and Lyon footballer Ada Hegerberg spoke to the media the day after winning the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or award and being asked by host and French DJ Martin Solveig if she could ‘twerk’. Many have criticised the remark claiming the incide…

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Martin Solveig says he is ‘especially’ respectful with women. What a twerk | Marina Hyde

After his embarrassing question to Ada Hegerberg marred Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris, the French DJ didn’t pass up the chance to keep on diggingEnormous commiserations to French DJ Martin Solveig, the latest person to be filmed doing somethin…

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Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or triumph and fight for equality in football – video profile

The first ever women’s Ballon d’Or was seen as a huge victory in the fight for equality in football, but the moment was marred by controversy. As Ada Hegerberg claimed the the inaugural prize she was asked to twerk live on stage by the host DJ, sparkin…

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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack

Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration.Becaus…

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Luka Modric ‘honoured’ after winning men’s 2018 Ballon d’Or – video

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric said he was ‘happy, proud and honoured’ after being named winner of the 2018 men’s Ballon d’Or on Monday.The 33-year-old broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious awa…

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Ada Hegerberg is asked if she knows how to twerk when accepting Ballon d’Or – video

Lyon and Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or after a year that included Champions League success.Her moment was overshadowed when French DJ Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk. Hegerberg said ‘no’ and turned away,…

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First women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner Ada Hegerberg is asked to twerk

• Lyon forward invited to dance to celebrate collecting award• Luka Modric won men’s award to break Ronaldo-Messi duopolyLuka Modric ended a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or but the Croatian’s win was oversha…

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Ballon d’Or 2018: Modric, Messi and Ronaldo in frame for award – live!

Live updates from the awards ceremony in ParisEngland to face Netherlands in Nations League semi-finalsSend Jacob an email | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 5.44pm GMT Hello. It’s awards night! Get your fake smiles ready as we hand out some gongs. Continue read…

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Which match has featured the most Ballon D’Or winners on one pitch? | The Knowledge

Plus: Glenn Murray’s ridiculous record, a straight flush of goalscorers and Freddy Eastwood, Southend legend • Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I have a memory from an old childhood annual that Manchester United are the only team to have fielded three…

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Eden Hazard says he may need Real Madrid move to win Ballon d’Or

• Chelsea forward rules out transfer in January• Hazard believes he is world’s best player on formEden Hazard has dismissed the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid but said he may have to move to Spain to win the Ballon d’Or.The Chelsea forwar…

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Ballon d’Or 2018: contenders for football’s global honour revealed

• Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze battle for inaugural women’s award• Ronaldo, Kane, Bale and Salah make men’s listFran Kirby and Lucy Bronze have been nominated for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or while Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are c…

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Heirs to the throne: five players who could be next Messi or Ronaldo

With Cristiano Ronaldo 33 on Monday and Lionel Messi the wrong side of 30, who are Europe’s bright prospects shaping up to be inheritors of the Ballon d’Or duopoly’s crown?“A very good question,” mused Cristiano Ronaldo as he basked in the glory of his…

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European roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo at the double as Real Madrid thrash Sevilla

• Spanish champions stun rivals with five first-half goals• Bayern edge Eintracht Frankfurt; Dortmund lose againCristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or award with a brace as Real Madrid swept past Sevilla 5-0 following a blistering first-hal…

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N’Golo Kanté should win Ballon d’Or, says Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

• Italian insists Frenchman deserves top award even more than Eden Hazard• Playing style means midfielder ‘does not get the recognition he deserves’N’Golo Kanté is currently more deserving of the Ballon d’Or than Eden Hazard, according to Antonio Conte…

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A Real Madrid WhatsApp group that ??Him isn’t part of

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!As the 28 other blokes on this year’s 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist arranged their features in full-on Oscar split-screen I’m-so-happy-for-him sincerity mode last night, the tension was pal…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or of his career – video

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. Ronaldo was presented with the award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursd…