"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said.
Hegerberg, 23, has been an outspoken advocate for women's soccer and has refused to play for the Norwegian women's national team since 2017, citing a lack of respect for female soccer players in the country.
"I would like to end this speech, with some words to young girls all over the world".
Solveig stunned viewers by asking a visibly embarrassed Hegerberg if she fancied twerking in celebration.
The Norwegian global scooped the coveted prize at the ceremony in Paris following a stunning 42-goal season, including 15 in the Champions League for club Lyon as they won the competition for the third consecutive year.
"The DJ asked each person that won what their dance was but she can twerk, she was lying. I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".
"This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English cultural level, which is obviously not enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone and I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offense", he said.
"I would like to say a big, huge thank you to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity, to have this award", Hegerberg said.
What was a huge step was taken back a notch and unfortunately Hegerberg, as with everyone watching, is reminded that no matter how high up a woman goes or what new ceiling is broken there will always farther to go. I don't think the respect has been there.
On the same night, Luka Modric, who lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final and won an unprecedented third Champions League trophy with Spanish club Real Madrid, was named the world's best male player. Norway has a great history of women's football but it's harder now.