The woman of the day Ada Hegerberg, ground level in history

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Recently named the third player of the year in the world by FIFA and second in Europe by UEFA, the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg (23 years) completed her trilogy by winning Monday night in Paris, the women's gold ball. While Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has been voted the 63rd Golden Ball, the Olympique Lyonnais striker is the first woman to be awarded this trophy created in 1956 by France Football magazine. A new reward that illustrates both the road traveled and that still to be accomplished to change attitudes and achieve parity. “It's a big step for women's football, it's very important for us women,” welcomed the one whose older sister, Andrine, midfielder, plays at PSG. A historic first, then, for a player who made his debut in Toppserien, the Norwegian professional championship, at 14 with the club Kolbotn IL. Winner of the last three league champions with Lyon, the one born in the small town of Sunndalsora (4,000 inhabitants) in western Norway, had already been voted player of the season in 2016 by UEFA. Best scorer of the championship of France for three years, she also won this distinction in the Champions League (2015-2016 and 2017-2018). With a strong character, Ada Hegerberg has retired from the Norwegian team since August 2017, blaming his federation for “amateur operation”. After receiving the gold ball, she confirmed she would not play in the 2019 World Cup.

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