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On Soccer: Martin Odegaard’s Second Act on a Smaller Stage

His rapid rise caught the magpie eyes of all of Europe’s grandest teams. Manchester United, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Liverpool all rolled out the red carpet for Odegaard, but in January 2015, Real Madrid snared him. He would be the jewel in the crown as the club set about buying up all of the best young talent available.

He was registered for Real’s B team, at the time under the oversight of Zinedine Zidane, but trained most often alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and the rest of the club’s senior-team stars. In May of that year, Odegaard made his debut for Real’s senior team. It made him the youngest player to play for the European champions, too.


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