skip navigation

Not Here to Dance

By Ada Hegerberg, The Player's Tribune, 12/27/18, 12:00PM CST


There was a real feeling of equality. Nobody said anything about my sister being the captain or my mother being the coach.

This is the story of the greatest night of my entire life. This is about a moment from the Ballon d’Or ceremony that I will never forget, even if I lived 200 years. It has nothing to do with dancing. It has everything to do with respect.

And with Roberto Carlos and Kylian Mbappé and Mario Balotelli.

But this story actually starts two weeks before the ceremony. It starts with a simple sentence, completely out of the blue. “Ada, can you keep a secret?” That was the start of this fantastic dream. One of my assistant coaches at Olympic Lyonnaise had called me into his office after training.