Real Madrid, the big secret of a former crack


By: Manu Tournoux

From being a hopeful at Real Madrid to being a leader at Arsenal, Martin Ødegaard has never given up on his dream of playing in the Champions League.

Martin Ødegaard has had an atypical career path. Promoted to Real Madrid at 16, the Norwegian prodigy had a journey strewn with pitfalls.

Despite a promising start, Ødegaard never managed to establish himself at the Merengues, going through loan spells at SC Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem and Real Sociedad, before finally finding his way at Arsenal. But far from being discouraged, he showed perseverance and patience.

Ødegaard had no doubts

This Tuesday evening, during the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League against Porto, winner 1-0 in the first leg, Ødegaard will play his 10th match in the most prestigious European competition. A dream come true for the 25-year-old playmaker.

“I have always been confident that I would play important matches in the Champions League, even if in football things do not always go as we hope,” said the Gunners captain. When I was at Real Madrid, the plan was not to go on loan. But football and life are like that. »

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