Hegerberg wins historic first Women's Ballon d'Or

By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers

Olympique Lyonnais striker Ada Hegerberg has made history by being crowned the inaugural winner of the Women's Ballon d'Or.

The prestigious award, run by France Football, had been for male players only until this year when an equivalent for the women's game was introduced.

Hegerberg scored 31 goals in just 29 outings as OL won a third consecutive UEFA Women's Champions League in 2018.

The 23-year-old beat off stiff competition from Wolfsburg's Danish forward Pernille Harder, Brazilian legend Marta – who was named The FIFA Best Women's Player earlier this year – and Australia's Sam Kerr to win the award. 

"I don't have words, it's amazing," Hegerberg said in her acceptance speech.

"This is a great moment for me. I want to say thank you to my teammates. It would not have been possible without you, thank you!

"Thanks to the technical staff, and to my club. And to one man in particular, Jean-Michel Aulas, our president. Thank you for everything you do for women's football."

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