So much for the young man blazing a different, equally diamond-encrusted trail. Though 16-year-old Norwegian prospect Martin Ødegaard looked to be leaning toward Bayern Munich, and a flirtation with Southampton in England had been hypothesized (by tabloids), he ended up where all hyped prospects courted by Real Madrid end up: Real Madrid.
The reigning European champion announced the signing today on its website, saying it’d agreed on a transfer fee with Ødegaard’s former Norwegian club:
Real Madrid C. F. and Stromsgodset Fotball have reached an agreement for the transfer of Martin Odegaard.
After undergoing a medical exam, the player will hold a press conference with the director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, today 22 January at 1:30pm CET in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room.
I post the details about medical exams and press conferences for completeness. What you see above is the entirety of El Real’s announcement. Even if it had wanted to include it, there’s no résumé fodder to pad this release. There are no accomplishments to trumpet. The boy’s 16.
We’ve done a couple of posts on Ødegaard, and we even delved into a 14-year-old Barcelona prospect two weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean we’re not being as creepy as everybody else. At least now he’s signed to a club people care about, giving us exactly one reason why we should know the name of a random 16-year-old from some place called Dramman. Before today, though? We probably should have been ashamed of ourselves.