The 23-year-old Norwegian player became a senior footballer when she was 15. She recently refused to play for the national team, saying the Norwegian Football Federation treats men and women differently. For this reason, she will miss the next Women's World Cup.
Ada Hegerberg started scoring goals in Norway when she was very young - "about seven years old" - but only began to take football seriously when she was "about 10." Now at the age of 23, amid a controversy (which has nothing to do with football) at the awards ceremony last night, she became the first female footballer to receive France Football's Ballon d'Or - a prestigious accolade which until now was only awarded to men.
The award granted by France Football, which considered Hegerberg the best female player in 2018, rewards a season in which she helped Lyon win their third Champions League in a row and bag their 12th consecutive win in the French league. She scored 53 goals - 15 of which in the Champions League, as many as Cristiano Ronaldo - thus breaking her own record. According to UEFA, she has scored over 280 goals in official matches.
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