Martin Odegaard is only 17-years-old but there’s already much to be said about his career.
Since moving to Real Madrid in January 2015, Odegaard has seemingly caused nothing but controversy at Los Blancos - through no fault of his own.
Carlo Ancelotti claimed the Norwegian’s signing was a publicity stunt, while it is believed Zinedine Zidane was forced to take the teenager on Madrid’s pre-season tour by president Florentino Perez.
The European champions eventually realised that any plans to fast-track Odegaard’s progression to the first team were harmful for his career, and so placed him in the youth team.
However, it’s for Norway’s Under-21 team where the attacking-midfielder is really showing off.
The Madrid youngster scored twice and assisted another as Norway U21’s beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in their European Championship qualifier.
Check out Odegaard’s highlights below.
Odegaard admitted Marcus Rashford was “incredible” after the Manchester United striker scored a hat-trick for England U21’s in a 6-0 win against Norway in September, and that same adjective can be used on his performance on Tuesday.
Norway’s win means they finish second in their qualifying group behind England. Leif Gunnar Smerud’s team enter the play-off round that could see them take on Spain.
Perez will have enjoyed Odegaard’s performance, especially after former Madrid boss Ancelotti called the Norwegian’s signing a public relations exercise in his book Quiet Leadership.
"When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it," the current Bayern Munich manager said, per Sky Sports.
"Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.
"He could be the best player in the world, but I don't care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR."
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