One of the best soccer players on the planet will be sidelined for quite sometime due to a devastating injury.
Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin, announced Tuesday that she had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Her club, Olympique Lyonnais, confirmed the injury in a statement. It occurred during a recent training session.
Translated from French, the club said: “The operating date will be defined in the coming days and the unavailability will be consistent with the known statistics for this type of injury. Olympique Lyonnais will offer Ada the best surgical and post-operative rehabilitation conditions to regain the fullness of its means.”
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Hegerberg wrote, “So here it is. I ruptured my ACL this weekend. This is a setback for me, but I’m going to work through this with all my heart and my energy. The best is yet to come. YOU’LL SEE ME SOON!”
Hegerberg, 24, has been one of the French league’s top two goal scorers in each of the last three seasons. So far this year, she had tallied 14 goals and five assists in 13 matches, powering Lyon to the top of the table in Division 1 Féminine.
A native of Norway, Hegerberg began her professional career at the age of 15. After playing for clubs in Norway and Germany, she joined Lyon in 2014. She has tallied more than 140 goals for the club across all competitions, and guided them to four straight Champions League titles.
She is the all-time leading scorer in women’s Champions League history and had nine goals in four games in the tournament this season. She will miss Lyon’s quarterfinal matches vs. Bayern Munich on March 25 and April 1.
Hegerberg has 66 caps and 38 goals for Norway in international play, but has declined to play for her country since 2017, frustrated by the federation’s stance on equality and investment in the women’s game.
Last summer, Hegerberg was in the U.S. playing with Lyon in the Women’s International Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina. The club beat the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage in the final.