This January 20, 2021, was six years since the arrival of Martin Odegaard to Real Madrid, the child prodigy who wanted half of Europe and who landed in Valdebebas in 2015 after lightning and a very persuasive operation by the white club.
The Norwegian said no to Guardiola, Borussia, Bayern, Barca, Chelsea, and PSG to join the white team where they promised him a future full of successes. Madrid, for 3 million euros, was convinced that they had acquired one of the best players in the world. Six years later, however, Odegaard remains unexploited and is loaned out again, this time to Arsenal. The fourth time he leaves the white team in search of minutes.
Heerenveen, Vitesse, and Real Sociedad have been his destinations, where he has always performed at an extraordinary level, but that has not been worth it to prevail in Madrid. This time it seemed the definitive one, after becoming the revelation player of LaLiga last year, but he ran into Zidane again, the coach who never gave him a chance after two full preseasons. This time, either.
The reality is that Odegaard has already renewed twice with Real Madrid since his arrival because the trust and faith that they have in the offices is maximum, something that does not happen with those who rule on the pitch.
In Madrid, he has only played 11 games in six years, tiny figures for who is the youngest player to debut with the Madrid shirt. He did it in May 2015 with 16 years and 157 days. So, it seemed that his career would be meteoric, but at 22 years old he still does not prevail in the white team.
THE WALL OF ZIDANE
In Madrid, they were convinced that this season would be the one of Odegaard’s explosion in Madrid. The player proved to be made at Real and Madrid accelerated the deadlines by recovering him a year earlier.
The footballer was not convinced to return because he knows Zidane well and knew that overthrowing the old guard was an almost impossible mission, but he had no choice but to accept and return.
Now, time proves him right after having gone without playing almost the entire first round. In Madrid, they pull their hair with the situation of Odegaard a jewel that does not take off in Madrid and that is again a way for the fourth time from the white house.