No one ever asks Leo Messi to twerk

Leo Messi, the prolific FC Barcelona and Argentina scorer whom many consider the game’s greatest player, has a shelf full of Ballons d’Or, the trophies handed annually to the top performer in world football. He has five. Never once has he been asked by the award’s presenter to dance suggestively in commemoration of the event.

In contrast, Ada Hegerberg has won the Ballon d’Or once, and been asked to twerk an equal number of times.

Was it a harmless non sequitur, if on a global stage, when the presenter, a French DJ named Martin Solveig, inquired whether the Norwegian striker, who plays professionally for Olympique Lyonnais, might like to partake in a celebratory dance. “Do you know how to twerk?” he asked.

No, it was far from a non sequitur, according to at least one prominent U.S. soccer writer, who said this sort of thing is maddeningly predictable, in tone if not particulars:

Here’s a video clip of Hegerberg big, but overshadowed, moment — it was not only her first Ballon d’Or but the first ever awarded to any woman:

Hegerberg said afterward, according to the Guardian, that Solveig spoke with her of being sad the moment had gone the way it had and said, for her part, she did not feel sexually harassed in the moment.

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