Ada Hegerberg: The rise and return of Lyon’s Norwegian superstar

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Ada Hegerberg of Lyon celebrates scoring her side's third goal during the UEFA Womens Champions League Final between VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais on May 24, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

After marking her return to the Lyon scoresheet after a long injury absence, it’s only right that we look into the illustrious career of Ada Hegerberg.

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Childhood

Originally born in Molde, Hegerberg grew up in Sunndalsøra, where she and her sister, Andrine, played for Sunndal Football. In 2007, Hegerberg and her family moved to Kolbotn, where the forward would later join Kolbotn IL.

At the age of 16, Hegerberg became the youngest player to ever score a hat-trick in Toppserien after scoring three goals in seven minutes! During this same season, she won Young Player of the Year and this was the first award of many.

Olympique Lyonnais

Fiver years after making her debut in Norway, Hegerberg signed for the dominant force in women’s football – Olympique Lyonnais.

In her first season at the club, Hegerberg scored 28 goals in 22 games. This allowed Lyon to win their ninth consecutive title. Therefore, it was not a surprise for Division 1 Feminine fans to see the forward crowned as top goal scorer for the 2015/16 campaign, with 33 goals in 21 games.

One week after winning this award, she led Lyon to a victory in the Coup de France final. This contributed to the treble which Lyon won. Several months later, Hegerberg sealed the UEFA Women’s Champions League title with 13 goals in 9 matches.

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In the 2019 UWCL final, Hegerberg scored a hat trick in 16 minutes which meant she became the first ever play to score three goals in a UWCL final. On top of this, she remains the competition’s all time top scorer with 53 goals.

Ballon d’Or Feminin

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In December 2018, Hegerberg became the first winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin after a stellar season with Lyon. She ended her speech telling young girls to “believe in themselves.”

Injury

In January 2020, Lyon announced that Hegerberg had suffered an ACL injury which consequently meant she would miss the next 21 months. However, on October 5th 2021, she made her comeback in a UWCL game against BK Hacken.

Fast forward six weeks and Hegerberg would be scoring her first goal since her comeback. This occurred in an enthralling game against PSG which Lyon won 6-1. This was thanks to two goals from the Norwegian and just like that, the superstar is back.

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