And the First Women’s Ballon D’Or is for…
That was the moment everyone was waiting for. Finally, after years and years, FIFA gave women’s football the recognition they deserved. It took long but the await is over:
Ada Hegerberg, 23-year-old Norwegian forward of Olympique Lyonnais, won the first female Golden Ball in the history of this prestigious award, who was held on Monday at the Grand Palais in Paris.
“I wanted to thank my teammates, my coach and my president Jean-Michel Aulas, who has done a lot for women’s football,” said the player when she received the award.
“It’s a great step for women’s football, it’s very important for women,” she added, referring to the fact that a female Golden Ball was awarded for the first time, although a prize was already awarded to the best female soccer player of the year when the prize it was awarded by France Football magazine and FIFA.
In the voting, Ada Hegerberg won over four other nominees, including Marta, who was chosen five times as the best player in the world, including The Best Award, this same 2018, as well as Lieke Martens, Dutch star from FC Barcelona, who was also one of the favourites to win the Ballon D’Or.
Well done Ada!