By Daniel Brownlie
On a day that 16 year old Martin Odegaard signs a contract for Real Madrid, I wondered what I was doing at the same stage of my life! I can say with absolutely clarity that whatever I was doing, I was not earning $80,000 a week for the pleasure of it. As much as my boss values my work (I can only hope this to be true) I don't think anything I could do would be valued at that kind of money.
Odegaard came to prominence last year when he became the youngest player to appear and score in the Norwegian Premier League. He scored five goals and contributed seven assists in 23 appearances for Stromsgodset. Not a bad return for any midfielder, especially such a young guy!
His achievement has been produced from a magnificent work ethic in combination with natural talent that has been nurtured and honed with skill, care and attention. He appears to be a mature young man who has his feet on the ground, whether this will remain the case when the introduction of such large amounts of money and being poured into your lap!
It's an interesting thought, that now Little Kickers has been in existence for over 10 years now, the older children that started with us will now be approaching the same age. While many 16 year olds struggle lifting their head up from their iPhones (say's me writing on one!) this lad is training with the worlds elite and living his dream! Let's hope our children find their passion and talents and continue to progress.
Lastly, if you do sign for Real Madrid, don't forget about us!