With such a solid footballing resume and respect from her peers across the game, it makes Solveig's comments all the more puzzling, raising eyebrows as well as questions as to why twerking was something he chose to focus attention on. She finished well clear of Kerr, who came fifth in the voting, but the Matildas star wasn't bothered as long as female football was put under the spotlight on the world stage.
After the show, Solveig posted a video on Twitter to apologize.
"I didn't take it as that at all", she said. This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English cultural level, which is obviously not enough, because I didn't mean to offend anyone.
She added seven assists across the two competitions.
And tennis star Andy Murray expressed his fury with Solveig over how the situation unfolded.
In a furious Instagram rant, former world number one Murray wrote: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".
"Ok, but do we know of Modric can twerk or are they not asking that of every victor...?" I'd imagine something to do with football. "It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal". It is the latest succcess for the 23-year-old who has won three Champions Leagues in total.
The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil's Marta - victor of FIFA's best player prize - to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.
Emcee Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg, newly anointed best female player in the world, if she could twerk for them.
But aside from the online brouhaha, what do we know about the best women's football player on the planet?
"I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we're talking about sexual matters".
She stepped away from playing with Norway's national team, citing longstanding frustrations over the state of women's soccer there.
"I would like to say a big, huge thank you to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity, to have this award", Hegerberg said.
"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".