Martin Odegaard trolled by chess world champion

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Although footballers are not often famed for their explosive IQs, it first appeared that Martin Odegaard's Twitter photo showing the youngster playing a game of chess would defy this much accepted stereotype.

That was until the world champion of the sport himself, fellow Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, decided to point out a small detail - the Real Madrid wonder-kid hadn't put the Queen and King on their correct squares.

That detail certainly didn't escape Carlsen who responded to the mistake by tweeting "you guys set up the board wrong, inexcusable."

Odegaard has been tipped to achieve great things at the Bernabeu, with some even believing he could, with the right training and opportunities, be a future Ballon d'Or winner. However, whereas his potential on the football field is unquestionable, his ability on the chess board is, at best, contentious. 

All's well that ends well though, as Odegaard appeared to find his compatriot's dig relatively amusing, even choosing to re-tweet Carlsen's message on his Twitter page.

Living the dream 

The talented youngster made headlines when he sealed a lucrative move to the Bernabeu in January which will see him earning approximately £80,000-per-week. 

Odegaard has trained with both the first team and the reserves but plays for the second string, who are coached by France great Zinedine Zidane.

Following his transfer, Odegaard told the media that the move to Madrid represented the best opportunity to "develop as a footballer" and said there was "no pressure" on him.

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

"It's a dream come true. It is a bit unreal that I'm here at the biggest club in the world. It's huge for me, an honour."

Odegaard also made headlines earlier on this year when he made his debut for Norway as a 15-year-old in August and had subsequently been linked with many of Europe's top clubs.

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