Martin Odegaard shines for Norway against Azerbaijan

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Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard was in action again for Norway last night against Azerbaijan, but was unable to earn his country all three points despite his best efforts.

The 16-year-old, making his sixth appearance for Norway, was quiet for much of the first half but grew in confidence after the break.

Second-half substitute Pål André Helland should have secured all three points for Norway after being set up by Odegaard, but the 25-year-old blazed his opportunity over the bar. (To watch Odegaard’s individual highlights, scroll down to the video on this page).

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Odegaard is clearly blessed with a huge amount of natural ability; his cultured left foot and low centre of gravity is reminiscent, in some ways, of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

However, he lacks strength and, at times, holds on to the ball a little longer than he should.

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Big season coming up for Odegaard

Bulking up, becoming faster and improving his decision making should come in time. Odegaard at least has all the ingredients required to become a world star.

Real Madrid spotted that when he was at Stromsgodset, hence why they pushed so hard to secure his services and eventually won the race for his signature ahead of the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Odegaard is expected to spend next season out on loan - a temporary move to Celtic is a real possibility - and there’s a decent chance fans will be able to see him in action at next summer’s European Championships in France.

Norway are currently third in Group H, having taken 10 points from their opening six matches, behind Croatia and Italy with four matches left to play.

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