2018’s Ballon d’Or ceremony was certainly not short on surprises.
The final announcement during the mega event left certain sections of the footballing world shocked as Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was awarded the coveted title of being the best player in Europe.
The awards caps a wonderful year for the midfielder, who was also voted as the top male player at the FIFA Football awards and received the Golden Ball award for being the best player at the World Cup in July.
While the Croatian had a stellar 2018, leading his club to the World Cup finals in Russia and guiding Real to another Champions League triumph, there were still some doubts amongst many fans as to whether the playmaker was at the high standards set by previous holders Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The pair have won the title a total of 10 times amongst them ( equally shared at 5 a piece ) and have absolutely dominated the event for more than a decade, almost turning it into a private battle between the two of them since Kaka last won the gong in 2007.
Cristiano came in second spot this time around while Messi dropped down to fifth spot.
French teen sensation Kylian Mbappe was voted the third best player in Europe and was also named the winner of the Kopa trophy for young player of the year yesterday for his exploits with France and PSG.
But while Luka lifting the coveted bong raised a few eyebrows here and there, it was still some way short of being the biggest controversy of the night.
That distinction goes to French DJ Martin Solveig, who has sparked the ire of people around the globe for his utterly disgraceful comments to Ada Hegerberg as he was hosting the show.
Hegerberg made history as the first winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or after powering Lyon to three Champions League trophies in-a-row and had a top 2018 with 42 club goals in 25 games last season.
But the Norwegian’s moment in the spotlight was absolutely ruined by Solveig when he asked the 23-year-old if she could perform a ‘twerk’ on stage.
Hegerberg looked obviously disturbed at the comment and abruptly walked off the stage a few moments later and even the crowd present at Paris made their discontent clear as soon as the question was asked by the Frenchman.
Although Solveig quickly apologized for his behavior later and said his question is being taken out of context as he was simply asking her to dance on the Sinatra song that was playing, it still is no excuse for his behavior on a night that was of such historical importance to female football.
Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was : I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women pic.twitter.com/pnZX8qvl4R
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
The Frenchman has been subject to a whole lot of criticism on social media following the incident and his antics have been described as “disgusting” by several fans on Twitter.
Check out a clip of the incident here :