Martin Odegaard is a professional football player of Norway who is currently playing for Spanish club Real Madrid Castilla. The player is known as an attacking midfielder who was born on 17th December 1998 in Drammen, Norway. Here is the complete biography Martin Odegaard with his personal life and awards that he won throughout his career. At the age of 15 years old, Odegaard played his first international match for Norway.
Martin Odegaard Profile
|Full name||Martin Odegaard|
|Birth date||17 Dec 1998|
|Birth place||Drammen, Norway|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Real Madrid|
|First Youth club||Stromsgodset|
He was grown up in a family which belongs to Christian religion. He expressed his religious in Christian is an important part of his life. At the age of just 15 years, he made his international debut for Norway National team.
Odegaard is son of Hans Erik Odegaard who is also known as a footballer who played for midfielder for former club of Martin. Odegaard is a supporter of British football club Liverpool. It is believed that Barcelona’s all time top goal scorer Lionel Messi is the favorite footballer of Martin. But when he join Real Madrid, all of his tweets in which he praised Messi were deleted.
Career at Stromsgodset
When he was 13 years old, he began training with junior team of Stromsgodset. Against Mjondalen IF, he played first match with Stromsgodset in a pre season match. Some words have been spoken about his move to senior team of Stromsgodset, but later, none of deal regarding this move was completed. As part of the agreement, he trains two evenings a week with Mjondalen, where his father is one of the coaches.
At Stromsgodset, Martin Odegaard played total of twenty three games in which he scored five goals. On 16th of July 2014, he played first ever European match by replacing Lars Christopher Vilsvik for the final five minutes of the club’s 1-0 home defeat to Steaua Bucuresti in 2nd qualifying round of UEFA Champions League.
In late July, Odegaard played the most crucial game of his career in which he was involved in all goals against Sandnes Ulf. He scored one goal and made one assists. He was the key player in that game and questions about his debut in international games were raised. On 19th October, he scored two goals against Lillestrom SK that went a 2-1 victory for his side.
Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid
After Stromsgodset, it was a big move for the Norwegian footballer when he completed his dream of playing for one of the best club of Europe. Real Madrid announced Martin Odegaard as their new signing on 21st Jan 2015. The deal was completed with 3million Euros from his last club to Santiago Bernabeu. If you take a look about the salary of Martin Odegaard, at the age of 16, Martin is earning 80,000 British pounds per week.
Odegaard made international debut in January 2014 with under 17 national football team of Norway. For the final match of 2015 UEFA European Under 21 Championship, he was selected for Norway Under 21 team. He was man of the match in that final game against Portugal but couldn’t save the defeat of his side by 1-2 at the hands of Portugal.
After youth career, he was selected for senior team to make his international debut on 19th of August 2014. At the age of just 15 years and 253 days, Odegaard was youngest player ever to play for Norway. Against Malta, he was called to play with Norway’s UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying game.
His father Hans Erik Odegaard said “It’s the pace of the game that makes the difference in adjusting to different level. We have used so many hours in working with his first and second tough to take off the pressure. We have worked a lot on bringing the ball closely to his feet, so he can change direction quickly, so even if he is physically weaker than the others he doesn’t get caught because he is able to get away.”
Awards of Martin Odegaard
In 2014, Martin named as the best Tippeligaen young player of the year. In same year, he was awarded with Breakthrough of the year at Idrettsgallaen.