SHE was the primary ever recipient of the ladies’s Ballon d’Or, and you’ll’t say it hasn’t been genuinely-earned.
Ada Hegerberg is a goalscoring phenomenon, blasting objectives left, proper and centre for Lyon and her nation Norway through the years.
The 23-year-old striker’s report even places Cristiano Ronaldo to disgrace – she discovered the again of the web 42 instances in 28 video games final season because the French group romped to the Division 1 Female title for the 12th yr in a row.
Hegerberg has performed in France for the previous 4 seasons – ending the league’s prime scorer in three of these whereas at Lyon.
And it is due to her they’ve additionally received three Ladies’s Champions League titles in a row from 2015 to 2018.
However the place did all of it start?
Born in Molde, Hegerberg’s soccer story started after her household moved to Kolbotn, who she made her debut for in 2010 aged simply 16.
A yr later she turned one of the crucial talked about footballers in Norway when she banged in a hat-trick in simply seven minutes – turning into the youngest participant to ever obtain that feat.
She was voted because the league’s Younger Participant of the yr and a star was born.
Soccer runs in her household…
As she climbed the ranks, Hegerberg was fortunate sufficient to have an older sister as an ally within the dressing room.
Andrine, 25, at present stars in midfield for PSG’s girls’s group. However earlier than that, she performed with Ada at Norwegian golf equipment Kolbotn, Stabaek and German aspect 1 FFC Turbine Potsdam.
Ultimately they parted methods in 2014 when Ada made the transfer to Lyon. It is price noting although that Andrine additionally had a spell at Birmingham Metropolis from 2016-2018.
Transferring to Lyon modified her life…
The larger stage has suited Hegerberg, and it is unbelievable figuring out that she’s scored nearly 300 objectives at her tender age.
The vast majority of these have come at Lyon, who’re recognised as the best girls’s group to have ever performed the sport.
In 2015-16 she was voted Uefa Greatest Ladies’s Participant in Europe – a season through which she scored 54 objectives in 35 video games.
She even pipped Ronaldo in scoring extra objectives than anybody else in Uefa competitions within the 2016 calendar yr.
In complete, she has scored 154 objectives in 125 video games – together with a report 15 in 2017-18 within the Ladies’s Champions League as Lyon triumphed once more.
Due to this, Lyon clearly know her price…
Lyon recognize the value of their women group, which is why the typical wage of their girls’s group per participant is alleged to be £145ok yearly.
However Hegerberg’s contract has been rumoured to be excess of that.
She lately signed a contract extension that retains her tied to Lyon until 2021 – handing out longterm offers like that’s unprecedented within the girls’s recreation.
Whereas it has been reported she receives a wage of round £300,000 a yr.
The accolades carry on coming…
Alongside all of the medals she’s received at membership degree – one Norwegian Ladies’s Cup, 4 Division 1 Female titles and three Ladies’s Champions League titles – Hegerberg has been showered with particular person awards.
In 2016, she was named Uefa Greatest Ladies’s Participant in Europe, Norwegian Sportsperson of the Yr, and Fifa FIFPro World XI.
Even the BBC recognised Hegerberg’s achievements in 2017, crowning her their Ladies’s Footballer of the Yr.
Nevertheless, she’s on a break from worldwide responsibility in the intervening time…
Final yr, Hegerberg determined that she was going to focus on her membership duties and put her nation to 1 aspect.
Her causes? She felt that there was a scarcity of respect for feminine gamers in Norway, so she determined to take a stand.
“Quite a lot of issues have to be finished to make the situations higher for girls who play soccer,” she stated eventually evening’s Ballon d’Or awards.
“It is all about how we respect girls’s soccer. I do not suppose the respect has been there.
“Typically you need to take robust selections to remain true to your self. I allow them to know, fairly clearly, what I discovered wasn’t working.”
Off the pitch, her life has blossomed too…
Life could not be higher for Hegerberg in the intervening time.
She obtained engaged final yr to Norwegian footballer Thomas Rogne, at present enjoying in Poland for Lech Poznan.
He’s recognized on these shores, particularly to Celtic followers, as a result of he performed for the Glasgow membership for 3 years from 2010.
Rogne additionally had a quick spell at Wigan Athletic from 2013-15.
Hegerberg introduced their engagement on Instagram final yr by flashing an enormous glowing ring.