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Martin Odegaard struggles in Real Madrid Rondo

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Rondos must be one of the most common training drills used in football.

It's simplistic and effective nature means it can be replicated at all levels of the game and across the world.

But it can also be the most frustrating and potentially humiliating game too - particularly if you are one the people stuck in the middle and tasked with retrieving the ball.

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Just imagine how difficult it must be when the players around the outside include Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Well, that's the challenge Martin Odegaard faced as he was one of the unfortunate players picked to chase the ball around during a recent training session that has since been released in a video.

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However, it turned out it wasn't Madrid's attacking stars who the young Norwegian needed to be wary of.

Of course, many of the team's more experienced players have probably competed in thousands of rondos throughout their career so have become experts at spotting opportunities to humiliate the man in the middle.

Unfortunately for Odegaard, his over-eagerness to close down the space of the person in possession left him wide open for such embarrassment - not once, but twice.

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As you can see in the video below, Brazilian defender Marcelo is the first to catch out the 17-year-old touted to be a future star of the sport by passing it through his legs to Benzema.

It brought a brief smile to Odegaard's face as he knew he'd been caught out while Marcelo rejoiced in the moment by spreading his arms, but surely the young Madrid ace would have learnt his lesson from that?

Apparently not, as just moments later another left-back, Fabio Coentrao tried the same thing.

But Odegaard was finally given a slice of luck as, although the ball passed inbetween his legs, it caught his trailing foot - sparing his blushes only slightly.

Coentrao's pass still found a teammate, just not the intended one and therefore Odegaard had to remain in the middle.

Judging by that video, he's probably still in there now!

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Martin Odegaard
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