Martin Ødegaard Wages & Contract
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Martin Ødegaard is a center midfielder playing for Arsenal and the Norwegian national team. He spent his early years developing his talents with his father, Hans Erik Ødegaard, who himself had a twelve-year professional football career. After retiring, his father became a coach and also managed his son’s team, Drammen Strong.
Between his club and private lessons with his father, Ødegaard became one of the best players in his age group and began training with older boys. He joined his first professional club called Strømsgodset at the age of 13 and just 2 years later, Ødegaard made his debut for their first team.
His talents were not going unnoticed around Europe and top teams including Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Arsenal were in contact. Despite this, it was Real Madrid who managed to secure his signature in 2015, and in May of the following year, he made his debut for the first team. At just 16 years, 5 months, and 6 days old he became the youngest player to play for Real Madrid in its history.
As is the case with many young players he went out on loan to hone his craft. He spent the following year playing for Castilla where he managed to play regular football. Ødegaard spent the following few years going out on loan to various clubs including SC Heerenveen, and SBV Vitesse.
In January 2021 he made a move to Premier League side Arsenal on loan. Ødegaard quickly became an important playmaker for the club and in the summer of the same year, he would make the move permanent. Odegaard joined Arsenal for a fee of around £30,000,000.
In his first full year with the club, they would finish 5th. Frustratingly this was one place outside the Champion’s League spots. However, Martin Ødegaard performed well and understood that Arsenal were still in a rebuild. He knew he was joining a project and that it would take time for everything to fall into place.
Ødegaard has set a high bar for his performances and Arsenal fans will be hoping his level continues to rise. His performances have not gone unnoticed by the manager and for the 2022/23 season, Mikel Arteta named him club captain.
Arteta describes his attitude and determination as “that's the way he is, humble and hungry, a good combination. At 23 he has already had a lot of experience and a lot of pressure.”
Ødegaard began his international career with the under-15 Norwegian football team and worked his way through their youth structure to his first senior team call-up. His leadership and technical ability led him to become the men’s team captain in 2021.
With his national team, he joins up with his Premier League opponent but good friend Erling Haaland. Although Norway did not make the 2022 World Cup they have great youth players coming through a strong youth system. The Norwegian public will be hoping that these promising young players will help them qualify for the next one.