Martin Odegaard said the Norway women's team "deserves better" in scathing criticism aimed at Ballon d'Or-winning striker Ada Hegerberg following her decision not to play at the Women's World Cup.

Hegerberg has not represented Norway for the last two years and explained her reasons for not making herself available for the tournament in France, saying her experience at the 2017 European Championship left her "broken mentally", while criticising the state of women's football in Norway.

She described how playing for her country had left her feeling like "a worse player" but Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard fired Hegerberg a broadside in a message on Instagram.

"Maybe you could find something better to do than to disturb the preparations of the national team for the World Cup," said Odegaard, who spent last season on load at Vitesse.

"They have qualified on behalf of our country, one of the most important things that a soccer player can experience, and they have already received enough negative pressure.

"It's not the time. The team deserves something better."

Norway became the first nation in world football to pay their male and female players equally in the aftermath of Hegerberg's withdrawal.

In her absence, Martin Sjogren's side got off to a superb start at the World Cup, beating Nigeria 3-0 courtesy of goals from Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Utland and Osinachi Ohale.

Sjogren praised the link-up play between Reiten and Caroline Hansen in his assessment of the game as he hailed his team's ability to challenge for the World Cup without Hegerberg.

"We have these players we have, and we've worked so hard as a group to grow stronger every time we meet," said Sjogren.

"Caroline and Guro have been very good for us for a long time so I am not surprised these two made such a great performance."

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Ada Hegerberg scored a brilliant 16-minute hat-trick as Lyon reaffirmed their dominance of the Women's Champions League by winning a sixth title courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Barcelona in Budapest.

The French side wrapped up a fourth successive European title inside the opening half an hour as Dzsenifer Marozsan's early goal was added to by Hegerberg's swift treble.

Toni Duggan squandered a good chance for Barcelona moments before Marozsan poked home Shanice van de Sanden's ball from the right to give Lyon a fifth-minute lead.

It was the Hegerberg show thereafter, with the winner of the first ever women's Ballon d'Or award last year set up by Van de Sanden for the opening goal in the 14th minute.

Hegerberg, who will not play for Norway at the upcoming Women's World Cup due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in her country, then swept home a cross with a first-time left-footed finish to make it 3-0 and she completed her hat-trick by steering in a volley from Lucy Bronze's delivery.

Barcelona grabbed a late consolation through Asisat Oshoala but the damage was done in the opening 30 minutes as Lyon made it half a dozen Champions League titles in nine years.

Ada Hegerberg has been left out of the Norway squad for the Women's World Cup.

The Lyon star, the winner of the first women's Ballon d'Or last year, was expected to miss the tournament in France as she has not played international football since 2017.

Hegerberg has chosen not to play for her country since the European Championship of two years ago due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in Norway.

"We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play," coach Martin Sjogren said to BBC World Service in February.

"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."

The player's sister, Andrine Hegerberg of Paris Saint-Germain, is also not in Norway's 23-woman squad.

Lyon booked their place in the Women's Champions League final with a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea on Sunday, triumphing 3-2 on aggregate.

Five-time winners Lyon are hunting a fourth successive Champions League triumph and they edged out the resilient Chelsea to set up a meeting with Barcelona in Budapest on May 18.

Maren Mjelde's own goal put the French side ahead in the 17th minute, but the Blues drew level on the day when Ji So-yun curled in a free-kick before half-time.

Karen Carney hit the woodwork in the 58th minute as Chelsea pushed to take the tie to extra time, before Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg squandered a chance to put the result beyond doubt.

However, Lyon held firm to progress to their eighth Champions League final since 2010.

Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg has the backing of former United States star Hope Solo as she continues her absence from international football through the Women's World Cup.

Lyon forward Hegerberg stepped away from representing Norway in 2017 due to frustrations with the state of the women's game in her home country.

Norway coach Martin Sjogren confirmed last month that the 23-year-old would not be available for selection during this year's World Cup, which gets under way on June 7 in Paris.

Ex-USA goalkeeper Solo, who collected 202 caps for her country and won the World Cup in 2015, supports Hegerberg's decision, believing high-profile players need to influence change in the sport.

"We're not going to create the change that we want to see in women's football until people like Ada take a stance," Solo, speaking courtesy of Street Soccer USA, told Omnisport.

"It's not the easy thing to do, in life, or in football, but I admire her for it and I know it was a tougher road.

"Often times, taking that tougher road is the only way that people who come after us are going to reap the benefits from it, so she has all of my respect in the world and I hope she continues to fight and continues to change the game from the outside."

Solo is more positive about football's development in the States in recent years, claiming that the sport is strong enough without top male stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney moving to MLS.

"When we have these big-name players come to the United States, I think it brings excitement, it brings ticket sales and it brings endorsement value and marketing value to the game here in the United States," she said.

"I do have to play devil's advocate a little bit, because that's what I tend to do, but had they not come to America to play, I still think our sport has a solid foundation here in America where it would continue to be successful and it would continue to grow.

"So I am happy to see that they want to come to America because the soccer is actually adequate, it's intense and competitive, but, at the same time, no longer do I think we need anybody to build the game here in America."

Norway coach Martin Sjogren says there is no chance Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg will play at this year's Women's World Cup.

The 23-year-old Lyon striker has not played for her country since they were knocked out of Women's Euro 2017 with three defeats from as many games.

Hegerberg, who won the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or last year, stepped away from international football because of frustrations with the state of the women's game within Norway.

Sjogren says they have been unable to reach an understanding over the issue, meaning Hegerberg will not be involved in France this year.

"We tried to solve it, we had meetings, but she decided not to play," he said to BBC World Service.

"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."

The tournament begins in Paris on June 7, when host nation France face South Korea.

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