Player of the Weekend: Ada Hegerberg
(Photo via The Times)
There were some huge games played this weekend but none surely bigger than the Women’s Champions League Final.
Boasting the best talent in the female game, the competition has pitted some outstanding players against each other, highlighting the quality at the upper echelons of the sport. Lyon, a team with serious pedigree in the competition with 5 wins before this weekend, faced FC Barcelona, who hold prestige in all forms of the game.
With the Ballon d’Or winning, Ada Hegerberg in their side, along with other stars like Germany captain, Dzsenifer Marozsán and Dutch Lioness, Shanice van de Sanden, Lyon though were the big favourites. And their superiority showed almost immediately, as ruthless first half began with Marozsán getting the opening goal.
From that point on though, it was all about our Player of the Weekend, Hegerberg. A fearless finisher, she netted a quickfire hat-trick in this game of games, with just 16 minutes between her first and third strike. A class above her opponents on this afternoon in Budapest, Hegerberg proved why she is a player for the biggest stage.
That said, though, the Norwegian has ruled herself out of the forthcoming World Cup in France this summer. Using her position as one of biggest names in the sport, Hegerberg has refused to play for her national team, citing gender inequalities as her main reason.
Whilst the competition will miss her, of course, you have to admire her commitment to the cause, as much as her goalscoring prowess. Our Player of the Weekend.