Debate about who should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or has largely focused on Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah, and how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not really in the frame following a 10-year duopoly of the iconic award.
It comes after the midfielder spearheaded Croatia's charge to the World Cup final - and was named player of the tournament in the process - after helping Madrid win an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.
2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or awarded for best player of the year, Men's Ballon d'Or Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, and Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe pose at the end of the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony in Paris on December 3, 2018.
"2018 is a dream year for me", Modric said.
"He is an excellent player, very good".
For me, everything pointed to Modric.
Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.More news: 7.0-magnitude quake damages roads in Alaska
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"But, like I told you, I would change all of this for a World Cup".
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year.
The talented tyro's exploits saw him net 32 goals and register 13 assists across all competitions for club and country, as he also became the second teenager, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.
I like to read good articles and a passionate football fan. Honoured by one and all, Hegerberg stood on the stage, ready to be greeted by former France global David Ginola and French DJ Martin Solveig.
"I just want to enjoy it".
Monday was a big day for many people in the football galaxy. I don't think the respect has been there.
"I apologise for my bad English culture level as I didn't know this could be seen as such an offence", he said.