Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her sensational displays with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Hegerberg, 23, saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazilian legend Marta — winner of FIFA’s best player prize — to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.
Hegerberg 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 – including a goal in the final in Lyon’s 4-1 comeback win over Wolfsburg to retain the Champions League for the third year running.
“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,” Hegerberg said at the ceremony at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees.
“I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”
Lyon also won the French title for the 12th season in succession, with Hegerberg top-scoring with 31 goals, and she continues to bang in the goals for her team who are top of the table again this season.