Be it struggling to pass GSCE, or doing a part time job as a tabloid vendor, social media was awash with a multitude of personal confessions of what folks did at age 16 as Real Madrid, on Thursday, unveiled their latest hot acquisition, the Norwegian wonderkid, Martin Odegaard.
The world’s most coveted teenager had been on a tour of all of the top facilities around Europe including Arsenal’s, looking for the club whose systems would suit him most and at the end, ultimately settling, as it were, for the Bernabeu. On why he had turned down all other clubs, even Liverpool the club which he and his dad support, Martin said:
“It’s an honour and a dream come true” per Real Madrid official website.
“The reason I chose Real Madrid is because this team has the best conditions, both in sporting terms to develop as a player, and off the field to develop as a person. It’s the best option for me. For me it’s incredible I’m ready for a team like this one.”
But will this be a true “dream” move for the highly rated star? Before now, his playing pattern had drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi and indeed the Barcelona superstar had been his idol but in the interview at his unveiling, the teenager has already switched his allegiance to Ronaldo as the better of the two in the hackneyed best-player-in-the-world question. Would it not be, as someone had suggested, an inversion of his career whereby he starts on such a huge package at such a small age but with little football, and then steps down to twenty-five hundred a week at Santander when he turns 25?
Madrid are not exactly known to have an exceptional youth policy – Iker Casillas is the only player in the current regular squad (let’s leave Jese Rodriguez out, he doesn’t play much) who actually began his teenage years at the Bernabeu. The Galactico policy would still see them continue to buy the biggest in the world at the end of every season and unless Martin is extremely as good as they say he is, those big buys will continue to have preference over him.
But then, his father has been offered a coaching role at Madrid and it is probably not difficult to understand why the young lad has ultimately gone to Madrid. It’s not just a “dream” in the sense that he can go on to break as many as four Champions League records if he plays and scores during the remaining campaign, the Odegaard family will experience a significant turnaround in their fortunes henceforth.
Fair play to them.
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