Zlatan Ibrahimovic urges Martin Odegaard to ditch controlling father

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic had some nice things to say about Martin Odegaard after the pair faced off against one another in the recent game between Norway and Sweden.

However, the PSG striker had nothing nice to say about Odegaard's father, who he accuses of having too much control over the 16-year-old's career.

Odegaard played the entire 90 minutes against Ibrahimovic's Sweden and impressed despite the game finishing 0-0.

One notable moment saw the midfielder run directly at the Sweden defence before delivering a delicious through ball to a team-mate.

It was one of many impressive moments in what many are calling a "classy display" from the 16-year-old.

Naturally, the Real Madrid youngster was the talk of the press room after the game and Ibrahimovic did not hesitate to praise him.

Well earned praise

"He did well, played straightforward and didn't lose many balls," the 33-year-old told reporters.

"He has a long time to get even better. It's good that he's already playing for his country."

Some tough advice

However, true to form the outspoken Swede decided to dish out some tough love to a boy who is yet to fulfil his full potential.

"First, he must grow up and become a man and then get rid of his father"

Ibrahimovic says Odegaard still has a long way to go if he is to fulfil his potential and has advised his fellow Scandinavian to ditch his father, who is currently acting as his advisor, agent and, probably, his parent as well.

"It's not easy to say [whether he will fulfil his potential], but he has a father that controls everything completely," Ibrahimovic told Swedish paper Aftonbladet .

"First, he must grow up and become a man and then get rid of his father."

Fatherly love

If Odegaard senior is holding his son back then he certainly would not be the first busy parent to interfere with their offspring's football career.

However, he seems to have done a good job so far, taking his son across Europe to consider a number of offers before choosing to join Real Madrid.

The move saw Odegaard land a lucrative contract and a clause that allowed him to train with the first team, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, three times a week.  That is a pretty good deal for any 16-year-old.

However, there may come a time when Odegaard will require the services of a professional agent and his father faces a challenge by sensing when he should step back.


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