Full name Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg, she was Born in Molde, the same Norwegian county as Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the player who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final to clinch an unprecedented treble in 1999, when Hegerberg was just four years old.
But the 23-year-old's moment as a trailblazer was momentarily soured by a freaky question from the award ceremony's host, DJ Martin Solveig: But can she twerk?
But the 23-year-old was asked if she would perform a sexually provocative dance by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, and appeared embarrassed as she rejected the request.
Ada Hegerberg won the women's Ballon d'Or (Christophe Ena/AP).
The weird incident has sparked outrage among fans online, with Solveig - who has apologised for causing offence - coming under heavy criticism for his "sexist", "disrespectful" and "disgusting" request. "I just want to thank all those who helped me to be here tonight, I thank my team-mates, my coaches, the staff and Real Madrid, all those who work there, the coaches and team-mates in the national team, the ones who voted for me and my family, which allows me to blossom as a person".
He tweeted: 'I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke.
WA soccer superstar Sam Kerr has been named the world's fifth-best female player in the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or.
Her recent honors include the 2016 Uefa's Best Women's Player award and 2017 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.
DJ asks Norway's Ada Hegerberg to twerk on stage after receiving first women's Ballon d'Or
She stepped away from playing with Norway's national team, citing longstanding frustrations over the state of women's soccer there.
Solveig took to Twitter shortly after the gala, and long into the social media uproar, to apologize and clarify. "I think there a lot of other subjects to discuss when it comes to sexual [discrimination] matters".
But aside from the online brouhaha, what do we know about the best women's football player on the planet?
"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said.
But three-time grand slam champion Murray was less than impressed.
"I would like to end this speech, with some words to young girls all over the world".
Dane Pernille Harder and German Dzsenifer Marozsan rounded out the top three while Brazilian Marta was fourth.
Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.