On October 13, 2014 Martin Odegaard became the youngest player in history to play a qualifying phase for the European Championship. With 15 years and 300 days, Drammen's shy boy debuted in an official match with the Norwegian national team. With the "9" behind him and with the same face of a child that continues to accompany him wherever he goes, "the European Messi", as they baptized him, jumped onto the grass of Oslo's Ullevaal Stadion in the absence of 25 minutes to the end of the match . «I think everything went wonderful and the most important thing is that we got all three points. It was very special, ”he said after the victory against Bulgaria who was a Norwegian Stromgodset player.
With 15 years and hardly any experience in the elite, the "Odegaard phenomenon" was already a reality and his name soon appeared underlined in the reports of scouts of large European clubs. Closed left, fast and with great vision of the game, the young Norwegian pearl was a candy for the best teams of the old continent. Real Madrid was the one who finally consumed his signing in January 2015.
Four years later and with several Erasmus in between, Real Madrid has already yielded it to three teams, Martin returns to the stage that saw him debut with his selection in the official match. The boy who wanted to be like Cristiano and who went to the grass of the Ullevaal Stadion to enter the history books, is today the cornerstone of his selection. «He is a great player who has had a big bang. We need Martin, but he also needs the team. We must go together and more against Spain, "said Norway coach Lars Lagerbäck.
Fixed in all calls, it was not until 2018 when Odegaard settled permanently in the national team. Present in the six qualifying matches that have been played, where he has scored a goal, the player assigned by Real Madrid will be a threat to the Spanish defense. «It's going to be very special because I'm going to play against teammates and friends. But we only think about the game and we want to do our best, ”he said.
It has been difficult for him to adapt to the elite. The cartel of being a Real Madrid footballer has accompanied him during the three seasons he has played at the Eurodivise, but today and to the joy of the Real Madrid players, Odegaard seems to have finally found his place next to La Concha beach. An idol in San Sebastián, Odegaard wants to move his great moment of form to his selection, which accumulates 13 consecutive meetings without losing at home. The LaLiga MVP in September has a new opportunity before it to show that its learning away from the Bernabéu is over and that it is more than prepared to return home.
. (tagsToTranslate) isabel pacheco