Martin Odegaard sees Norway record broken by Kreshnik Krasniqi

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Martin Odegaard made history last weekend after becoming the youngest player to ever play for Real Madrid and in La Liga.

The 16-year-old came on for Cristiano Ronaldo against Getafe in what would turn out to be Carlo Ancelotti's last game in charge.

But while he was breaking one record, another was being whipped away from him barely a year after he claimed it, as the Daily Mail explains.

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While Odegaard is now Real Madrid's youngest player, he is no longer the youngest player to play in the Norwegian league after first division club Honefoss handed a senior debut to Kreshnik Krasniqi, 14.

Yes, at 14 year, five months and three days, Krasniqi is now Norway's youngest ever player with Odegaard looking like an OAP in comparison.

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The debut

He came on for the final four minutes of a league tie against Nest-Sotra on Monday, but it was enough to make history.

Manager Rune Skarsfjord said of handing the young midfielder his debut: "I was not concerned with sending him in action, he is a great talent."

The player himself told reporters: "It was really fun to be involved. This gives me more confidence. I had decided to do things the best possible way."

The long road ahead

Krasniqi may well be breaking Odegaard's records, but he has a long way to go if he is to emulate the incredible achievements of his 16-year-old compatriot.

Odegaard is already a fully capped Norway international and, as mentioned before, has made his debut for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

But if there is to be a big move for Krasniqi in the near future, there is no doubt where he would want to go.

"My team is Barcelona," he revealed. "It's a small dream to play there."

An ethical question

Allowing clubs to pick young stars brings an ethical dilemma to the surface. Is Krasniqi actually good enough to play in the first-team or were his club simply trying to create a media stir at a child's expense?

Is is also fair to place a 14-year-old on a level playing field with men twice his age and twice his size, leaving him exposed to potential injury?


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