Martin Odegaard meets Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos

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Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard has wasted little time acquainting himself with his new Real Madrid team-mates after he was pictured posing for a photograph between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos outside the Spanish club's training ground.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder signed a long-term contract with Los Blancos yesterday after joining in a £2.3 million deal from Stromgodset, choosing to move to the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of a host of other top European suitors.

Odegaard ended the hopes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Barcelona after passing a medical examination with the Champions League winners on Thursday, citing Real Madrid as the best opportunity to develop as a footballer.

He is expected to train with Carlo Ancelotti's first-team, but will play games with the club's second string, who are coached by the great Zinedine Zidane - a man that played an integral part in Odegaard's decision to sign.

"It's a dream come true," the talented teenager was quoted saying by BBC Sport. "It is a bit unreal that I'm here at the biggest club in the world. It's huge for me, an honour.

"My goal is to become a better footballer. Playing for the first or second team is not so important."

Odegaard's father Erik has also joined Real Madrid in a coaching capacity and will help nurture the next generation of emerging talent with a view to developing a side comparable to the great Barcelona team of yesteryear.

There's certainly a lot of excitement surrounding the Norway international's arrival in the Spanish capital, with the club releasing a video earlier today to pay tribute to the Scandinavian starlet.

With five goals and seven assists in 23 appearances for Stromsgodset last season, Odegaard rose to prominence when he became the youngest ever player to feature and score in the Norwegian Premier League.

He also made his full international debut for Norway at the age of 15, and has already drawn comparisons to four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi due to his intricate and fleet-footed playing style.

Real Madrid supporters might have to wait a while before Odegaard graces Ancelotti's first-team, but make no mistake the confirmation of his switch to Spain should be regarded as a major transfer coup.

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