Martin Ødegaard: Real Madrid's Once “Wonderkid”

  • Published on Jun 17, 2019
  • Martin Ødegaard: Real Madrid's once “Wonderkid”.
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    It’s been almost four years since Real Madrid signed Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard from Strømsgodset. He was 16 at the time, and throughout the past few years, despite just being a teenager, Odegaard has suffered heavy criticism for his ‘slow progress’. Even before he was 19, media outlets called began referring to him as a ‘failed galactico’ and a ‘disaster’.
    But Odegaard’s development since his £3.6m move has actually been steady. The Norwegian has taken a leap in each of his seasons since signing with Real Madrid Castilla, and this season at Vitesse, where he’s on loan, has been a breakout year for the attacking midfielder. While Frenkie de Jong, Mathijs de Ligt, and other Ajax players get all the plaudits in the Eredivisie, Odegaard has quietly put up some of the best chance-creation statistics in the entire league.
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  • Kasper Michaels
    Kasper Michaels 23 days ago +4

    And is now killing it at real sociedad

  • NMX 120
    NMX 120 Month ago +1

    Wow, you sound very similar to my biology teacher who’s also named Devine.

  • Alex Guerrier
    Alex Guerrier Month ago +6

    Well this hasn't aged well. He's been on fire in la liga

  • Mashego Mokabane
    Mashego Mokabane Month ago +3

    Ødegod the real deal. Currently running la liga. Bagging player of the month already. Critics will soon surely be asking for forgiveness.

  • Canary Bird
    Canary Bird Month ago +3

    Ødegaard is underrated defensively and a willing defender. People seem to have an impression of him when he was still a weak teenager. He have been building muscles since arriving in Madrid and is already surpassed Modric when it comes to body strength. He might never read the game defensively like Modric. He might never put in tackles like Casemiro, but he can cut of any player and win the ball back. He created a lot of chances by cutting of players and starting the attack fast.

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance Month ago

      @Canary Bird I think Odegaard is stronger overall, but Modric is more physical because he's more stocky (you can see it in his thighs and calves) than Odegaard. Nonetheless, Odegaard should be able to play Modric's role very well. I think his reading of the game is constantly improving. He is apparently very close to Xabi Alonso, one of the best readers of the game of all time and now coach of Real Sociedad's B team, and has said that Xabi gave him a lot of advice regarding reading and dismantling opposition attacks.

    • Bobby Punkt
      Bobby Punkt Month ago

      @Canary Bird Hm, imo Modric wasn't EXTREMELY outstanding defensively. Probably worldclass campared to Toni Kroos but I've seen severeal defence skills from Odegaard I haven't seen from any 20 old attacking midfielder in my life. He's already really good defensively for his position but I don't know if he can get even better. Of course he has the potential but I don't want him to work more defensively than he already did because his style of player deserves to focus on dribbling, scoring and creating chances. He's already a workhorse, I've barely see him walking, he's always active, always on the move.

    • Canary Bird
      Canary Bird Month ago

      @Bobby Punkt There is no way Modric is stronger... He always been way too weak and short for his position and leaned on his IQ to make up for his physique and that's what made him the best two way player in the world. Ødegaard has been focusing on getting stronger since he arrived in Madrid at 16, dude is among the best trained players 20 years old and younger, along with his height there is no doubt he is better suited in a defensive position. That does not make a player who never played in a defensive position any smarter than a guy who dedication his entire career and won a balon d'or in that position. More potential than Modric ever had in that defensively position yes, but he needs allot of time. Ødegaard is excellent putting in defensive work and he is extremely aggressive in his surroundings to win the ball back, but he cannot read the game in the defensive end like Modric.

    • Bobby Punkt
      Bobby Punkt Month ago +2

      I think he's at least on the same level defensively as Modric. Look how many interceptions he had last season in the Eredivisie - better than every other midfielder in the league. Modric is a bit more physical but Odegaard is already smarter defensively than Modric ever was.

  • Mr Doom
    Mr Doom Month ago

    Biggest mistake Ødegaard did was join Real Madrid. Just look at Erling Braut Håland who made the right decision to prioritise playing time over money

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance Month ago

      Odegaard had no shortage of playing time even after joining Real Madrid. They did a very good job with his development.

    • Bobby Punkt
      Bobby Punkt Month ago

      I mean Odegaard is still baning the La Liga right now and Real Madrid already said that they want him back real soon. Still he would have been already better than now if he would have choosen Bayern Munich for example. Or Dortmund. The german league is really class and good for young talents. Two or three years in the Bundesliga and he would have been already world class at 19 years of age hands down.

  • Roflmfaoftw
    Roflmfaoftw Month ago

    SLUTsky lmao

  • detonationlurks
    detonationlurks Month ago

    Always wondered where he was now. Glad he seems to be doing well for himself.

  • Tejas Nimbre
    Tejas Nimbre Month ago +1

    you can go and fcuk yourself admin...coz you are not an that top demotivating some serious talent who is going through development.....well now he has been recognized as best player in la can stop this shit

  • Samuel Gil
    Samuel Gil Month ago +4


  • Pablo Uris
    Pablo Uris 2 months ago

    Eres un inútil.

  • Bernie Lernie
    Bernie Lernie 2 months ago +3

    La Liga September player of the month ... you people need to relax a bit

  • Maximilian
    Maximilian 2 months ago

    basicly the same with Halilovic. Just wants to play offense, doesnt know how to play defense and is way too lazy to make the steps back. While Odegaard had the luck of finding a team wich gives him theses "freedoms". Halilovic where at Hsv and had to play defense, wich he didnt want, couldnt do and simply failed. Didnt start for hsv, didnt get his minutes.
    He where loaned to las Palmas, sold to AC Milan, loaned to Heerenveen. He is 23y old now, worth 2 Million and still thinks "he is a talent like Messi".

    Once Odengaard returns to Real, he will fail in defense again, because real madrid only gives these "freedoms" to players like Ronaldo he will fail again and probably is sold to an club in wich he also does not have those "freedoms". Tbh Odegaard and Halilovic are perfect cases for "talents" wich got hyped way too hard and did not develope the ambition to make steps back, when the team plays without the ball. Gnabry was never considered a hughe talent, but when you see him now, hes fast scores against any team and in defense he runs the pitch up and down 100 times a game. Gnabry is going places.

  • rockmachine46
    rockmachine46 2 months ago +2

    La Liga Player of The Month.. xD

  • faraboveothers
    faraboveothers 2 months ago +4

    This video didn't age well

  • kim vidar lund
    kim vidar lund 2 months ago

    2019, now look at him. Maybe a good idea not to write someone of to early before they are even 18 some said he was overrated. like what?

  • ernievzla
    ernievzla 2 months ago +3

    Odegaard is really shining in Real Sociedad... you guys were, once again, absolutely right... excellent analysis

  • Zen Roshi
    Zen Roshi 2 months ago

    Who is here after he is dominating La Liga?

  • domifab101
    domifab101 2 months ago

    Who’s here after *that* pass against Alaves?

    G-PRINCE 2 months ago

    Can you do januzaj

  • Apollovn
    Apollovn 2 months ago +3

    This aged very well.

  • OM H
    OM H 2 months ago +4

    Now hes wreacking havoc in La Liga turning the tables on teams like Atletico Madrid lmao

  • Aloha
    Aloha 2 months ago +8

    Tifo Football - I have news for you!.. Odegaard is still a "Wonderkid" and will be a steady member of future Real Madrid.

    • Mehul Modi
      Mehul Modi 2 months ago

      @Razorlance not world-class certainly but quite good

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago

      Not a wonderkid anymore, he is now a proven world-class player

  • Graffiti Boy
    Graffiti Boy 2 months ago +3

    U should make an updated version of this vid :)

  • Luis Chavez
    Luis Chavez 2 months ago +4

    He's playing interior(central midfield at Real Sociedad). Real Madrid message boards and forums are lit up with his performances in San Sebastian.

  • Dante -
    Dante - 2 months ago +41

    Have you seen the guy for Real Sociedad? He owns the midfield ffs!

  • David Clinging
    David Clinging 2 months ago

    Sorry, you seem to be arguing that because Ødegaard has been one of the most effective attacking players for a team like Vitesse, he has not been a flop. He was literally expected to be the next world superstar 4 years ago. Last season he was a good but flawed player for a pretty poor team in a poor league. His chances of stepping up to Real’s level are zero.

    • David Clinging
      David Clinging 2 months ago

      Kaaure Hahah. I look forward to you coming back next year, when he is on loan at Valencia before his €8M Euro move to Galatasaray and eventual career with Stoke in the championship.

    • Bernardo Fernandes
      Bernardo Fernandes 2 months ago +1

      @David Clinging Have a good look at the assist he did yesterday...reminds me of messi/laudrup/xavi

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago

      Any Madrid fan knows that he is better than any midfielder we currently have. Step up to Real's level? He might even be above that rn. Comfortably the best playmaker in La Liga at the moment. Just a stat to put his 'level' in perspective, he just made 10 key passes against Alaves, something nobody has achieved since the end of the 2014/15 season, including Messi or Neymar...

    • Kaaure
      Kaaure 2 months ago +4

      This comment is going to age so fucking bad. Next season he will be a starter for Madrid, and in the future he will become one of the best midfielders in the world. Mark my word. I will be back in a year.

    • Mantra Pro
      Mantra Pro 2 months ago +2

      @Loreta Mento Also that is one time thing. Real madrid even lost against some other no name team i am not remembering the name in group stages. Ajax is still a good team but last year was anamoly like Mbappe Monaco was.

  • 3eastial 3eastial
    3eastial 3eastial 2 months ago

    He could have gone to Ajax and play champions leaugue, like Suarez and Ibrahimovic did, but he choose to go to a spanish sub top team

  • phatphonk
    phatphonk 2 months ago +7

    The boy is absolut beast this year so far!
    Update your information.

  • Darkhalls
    Darkhalls 2 months ago +5

    This didn't age very well. Imagine writing off players still in they're teens.

  • Tidemann Luxury Watches
    Tidemann Luxury Watches 2 months ago +6

    Martin Ødegaard will be one of the greatest football players in the world, it is just a matter of time! :-)

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago +1

      He will surely become one of Real Madrid's best CMs of all time

  • Magnus Matheson
    Magnus Matheson 2 months ago +6


  • AZN Viking
    AZN Viking 2 months ago +1

    So nice to see him get a good start in la liga. Hope it continues! Drit i haterne Martin og kjør ditt løp!

  • M. Deen
    M. Deen 2 months ago +3

    This is in my recommended after his goal helped Sociedad beat Atletico Madrid

  • Alexander
    Alexander 2 months ago +6

    Sorry you spoke to early😔

  • Jaime Vazquez
    Jaime Vazquez 2 months ago +1

    Did you see the game against Atlético de Madrid?

  • DYNAM1TE1998
    DYNAM1TE1998 2 months ago

    Good video but James Rodriguez emerged as a star in Porto, not in Monaco :)

  • Toonga
    Toonga 2 months ago +8

    This aged well

  • Mahdi Taghvar
    Mahdi Taghvar 2 months ago +2

    Ødegaard had a great season at Vitesse and is set to have another great season at Real Sociedad.
    It looks like Real Madrid are giving him the opportunity of playing every week by loaning him out. and I think he will replace Luka Modric at Real Madrid starting 2020-21 season.
    In my opinion, Ødegaard should chose Bernardo Silva as his role model.
    and please, watch his before commenting about his defensive performance. He is actually a great help to the team's full-back, regardless of his position in the system (be it a winger, right/left midfielder or right/left-central midfielder).

    • Mantra Pro
      Mantra Pro 2 months ago

      Isnt B.silva more faster than him and has better acceleration?

  • seriall1337
    seriall1337 2 months ago

    1:40 I had no idea Jonah Hill was a football manager

  • Garrett Hembree
    Garrett Hembree 2 months ago +1

    i didn’t realise he was so young at the time. poor guy

  • Jesus Yanez
    Jesus Yanez 2 months ago +8

    He's only 20 years old if he lived in The USA 🇺🇸 he wouldn't be able to legally drink or buy alchohol, people need to relax and let him grow as a player.

  • boiso\ntop boiso/ntop
    boiso\ntop boiso/ntop 2 months ago +1

    He will be the best player in the world

  • Cian McCabe
    Cian McCabe 2 months ago

    I dont like how early players are expected to develop in modern football-is a player’s peak not supposed to be 27-29?

    • Dumfries Spearhead
      Dumfries Spearhead 2 months ago

      It is, but it depends on the age when a player emerges.
      So Michael Owen, playing for England at 18 years old will reach his peak earlier than a player who emerges in his early 20s.
      Injuries are often a problem for players who emerge in their teens as well.

  • Arif Shahriar Anik
    Arif Shahriar Anik 2 months ago

    Shit man ! I love this channel!!

  • Thor Olav
    Thor Olav 2 months ago +5

    Took HUUUUUUGE steps last year. Best player for Real Sociedad so far and played great both games for Norway.
    World class talent. Just cause the spotlight faded doesn't mean his talent did.
    BTW: He does NOT jog back lol, his pressure is awesome and his tackling is quite clean and slick. Has taken big big steps physically and especially defensively. Was a total work horse vs Bilbao.

    • Mehul Modi
      Mehul Modi 2 months ago

      He shouldn't defend though.
      He can be the next Ozil

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago +1

      this. he ran more than anyone on the whole fucking pitch lmao.

  • Suso Susosson
    Suso Susosson 3 months ago +1

    Well come on look at him now in real sociedad. He and Alexander Isak will be really great for San Sebastián!

  • Romano onamoR
    Romano onamoR 3 months ago +3

    At 20 he just did 9 goals and 12 assists in 33 Eredivisie games. now he's at Real sociedad, which is a step up without being too huge. He still has time to prove himself to be a very good player. Maybe not at the level he was expected, but he was in Norway when he was so much talked about. Being good in Norway doesn't mean you'll be a Ballon d'Or.

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago

      In the eyes of most Madrid fans he's already done enough to prove himself after 3 games with Sociedad. He's more than good enough to take over the RCM position from Modric. If you observe his off the ball work, he has matured into an ultimate, complete midfield package. He is a perfect CM who attacks like an elite CAM. I am confident that he will even surpass whatever level was expected of him.

  • h3nder
    h3nder 3 months ago

    He is proper sick for me on Fifa for New Castle.

  • MaKos2004
    MaKos2004 3 months ago +1

    That “wonderkid” *got named man of the match against mallorca. He is only 20 years old* HE IS A WONDER

  • Lil lightskin
    Lil lightskin 3 months ago

    Lik om du er norsk

  • mikey boy177
    mikey boy177 3 months ago

    He played for Vitesse heerenveen

  • Eirik Orjasater
    Eirik Orjasater 3 months ago

    Well he’s a beast now

  • Olympic Ossy
    Olympic Ossy 3 months ago

    Wtf he ein player of The Month in holland and got player of the match in Spain and a tots in fifa 19 and he is 2 youngest to earn 10 million dollars

  • SoundToyzAreUs
    SoundToyzAreUs 3 months ago +5

    Are we talking about the now Real Sociedad wonderkid? :)

  • El vato del barrio
    El vato del barrio 3 months ago +4

    You know, Odegaard still has some time to be world class, the star that Norway need after 15-20 years of a constant downgrade. In the other hand, another player who *REALLY* flopped not even one year after his first team breakthrough is trickster, Hachim Mastour (both were born in 1998 and that their first team debut around the 15-16 season)

    • Razorlance
      Razorlance 2 months ago

      People who observe him closely know that he is already world class.

  • gaffnaldo1
    gaffnaldo1 3 months ago

    If i see that trainpal prick again today I'll scream

  • Torgeir Arntzen
    Torgeir Arntzen 4 months ago +2

    Nice video but I really struggle to see why he is lazy in defence. I think that is utterly wrong. If you see some of his performences at Vitesse, you can easily see him tracking down opponents and win the ball back. He has a strong work rate and often press high to win the ball.

  • Arne Grostøl
    Arne Grostøl 4 months ago +1

    Ødegaard is actually not that bad as a defender as the narrator here seems to think.

  • Bandito
    Bandito 4 months ago +2

    Odegard is a Sociedad player now. Let’s see how he does