Solveig's comment followed an impassioned speech by Hegerberg, who told young women: "Please, believe in yourself."
In remarks immediately after the gala, she downplayed the impact the comment had on the evening.
“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that,” said Hegerberg. “I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we’re talking about sexual matters.”
Hegerberg (38 goals in 66 games) quit the Norwegian national team after Euro 2017 and won't play for it at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.
"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football," she told the Associated Press before the gala. "It's all about how we respect women's football. I don't think the respect has been there. Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself. I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working."
Hegerberg, who has scored 91 goals in 95 league games for Lyon, thanked her Lyon teammates and the club's president, Jean-Michel Alas, during her speech. Her salary and bonuses of between 400,000 and 500,000 euros ($454,000 to $568,000) a year reportedly make her the highest-paid female player in the world.
"I wish the national team the best, though," she added. "We just follow two different paths at the moment. I have no regrets with the decision I made."
A subsequent agreement between the Norwegian federation gave men's and women's national team players equal pay.
Hegerberg, who is reportedly in discussions to serve as an analyst at the World Cup, was selected from a short list of 15 women. Americans Megan Rapinoe and Lindsey Horan were ninth and 10th in voting.