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Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Martin Odegaard would go on to flourish at the top level

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‘He’s a great player… he has a good future ahead’: Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Martin Odegaard would go on to flourish at the top level when the in-form Arsenal playmaker was at Real Madrid, aged just 16

  • A teenage Martin Odegaard was tipped for a ‘good future’ by Cristiano Ronaldo 
  • Odegaard, now starring at Arsenal, was a team-mate of Ronaldo’s at Real Madrid 
  • Ronaldo hailed the prodigy as a ‘great player’ and also praised his ‘good left foot’
  • This season, Odegaard has lived up to the superstar’s hype with good displays 


Cristiano Ronaldo’s prediction about in-form Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard looks to have come true this season, with the playmaker dazzling.

Odegaard broke through the ranks at Real Madrid aged just 16 and Ronaldo, his team-mate at the time, gave the youngster a special mention.

Since then, the young Norway star has gone from strength to strength, and the praise from one of the best players in history has now resurfaced.

Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Martin Odegaard would go on to enjoy a successful elite career

Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Martin Odegaard would go on to enjoy a successful elite career

In an interview with BT Sport, Ronaldo named Odegaard as one of five players he believed would go on to enjoy successful careers.

Interestingly, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, Neymar and Memphis Depay also made the shortlist, placing Arsenal’s talisman in esteemed company. 

‘You see many players with potential,’ Ronaldo said.

Odegaard (L) has impressed for Arsenal this season, particularly over their superb December

Odegaard (L) has impressed for Arsenal this season, particularly over their superb December

‘I will mention Martin Odegaard of Madrid for example, at 16 he’s still young but you can see he’s a very good player.’

‘He’s a great player, I think he’s a young boy, he can still grow,’ he went on to add.

‘He has a good future ahead. We must give him time to learn, to take his best decisions. But I see a lot of potential in the player, he has got a good left foot.’

It has taken several years for Odegaard to find his feet at the top level, but his impressive form has helped Arsenal move into fourth in the Premier League. 

Current Manchester United superstar Ronaldo had said Odegaard had a 'good future' ahead

Current Manchester United superstar Ronaldo had said Odegaard had a ‘good future’ ahead

Odegaard failed to make an impact at Real Madrid, and joined Arsenal permanently in August

Odegaard failed to make an impact at Real Madrid, and joined Arsenal permanently in August

This season, he has scored four goals and picked up three assists.

And in December, he has six goal contributions in as many league games, including two assists in the 5-0 victory against Norwich on Boxing Day.

No other player in the top-flight has bettered his numbers for the month.

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