Norwegian and Olympic Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg won the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a glamorous ceremony in Paris on Monday.
The 23-year-old beat the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta, winner of FIFA’s best player prize, to take the prize organised by France Football magazine.
Hegerberg, who was rewarded for her prolific form was one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, but she won out thanks to her prolific form in front of goal.
She was the top scorer with 15 goals as the French side won the Champions League for the third year running. One of her goals came in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. Harder had put the Germans in front in that game.
“I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas.
“I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football,” Hegerberg said.