Martin Odegaard: I felt nervous on debut

Martin Odegaard: I felt nervous on debut


Martin Odegaard has admitted he felt nervous during his debut for the Real Madrid first team.

The teenager became the youngest player to make his debut for Real Madrid in a La Liga match in the 7-3 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu. He replaced star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who had scored another hat trick to register his 61st goal of another incredible season.

The 16-year-old, who arrived at Los Blancos in the winter transfer window, has been playing for Zinedine Zidane in the Real Madrid Castilla side until now. But with the final game of the campaign having no outcome on where Real would finish in the league, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to give the Norwegian his first experience of playing in front of the Bernabeu crowd.

Odegaard looked confident, and completed all of his 17 passes during his cameo. But he told the club’s official website he was nervous.

“I was a little bit nervous about playing in front of so many people, but I tried to enjoy the moment,” he commented.

And he added: “It’s a special day, I feel very proud and very happy. I’ve had a really good time in my first season at Real Madrid and I’ve felt very comfortable.”

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