Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg has ruled self out of the forthcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer.
Nigeria and Norway are in Group A of the world cup preliminary stage with hosts France, and Korea Republic.
Hegerberg, the first female to win the inaugural Women Ballon d’Or in 2018, is miffed at what she described as lack of respect for female players in Norway.
Three-time Champions League winner Hegerberg’s decision to step away from international football came just months before the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) and the nation’s player’ association (NISO) signed an historic equal pay agreement.
The 23 year-old Lyon striker has declined to play for Norway since they were knocked out of the Women’s European Championship in 2017 without scoring a goal.
Norway coach Martin Sjogren, told BBC World Service that all efforts made in persuading the Lyon striker to change her mind has proved abortive. Hegerberg, 23, has taken a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway.
“We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play,” Sjogren began.
“As a coach, you need to focus on the players who want to be a part of the team and Ada doesn’t.We respect that and we have been working hard with the other players and they have been doing a great job.”