Sweden played out a goalless draw against Norway on Monday night in Oslo, and the match brought together two of the leading stars in Scandinavian football.
Top billing for the Swedes was legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while many of Norway’s hopes for the future are resting on 16-year-old Real Madrid player Martin Ødegaard.
Ødegaard, the most expensive teenager in world football, has had a seemingly difficult time bedding in to his new surroundings at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the youngsters rumoured to have thrown a tantrum and stopped training at one point last season, while he only won one game for the Real Madrid B-team in 10 appearances.
After the 0-0 draw on Monday, Zlatan was asked for his opinion on Ødegaard in the mixed zone.
The PSG striker duly gave his opinion, advising Ødegaard to ditch his dad in order to progress in the world of football. Zlatan said:
It’s not easy to say, but he has a father that controls everything completely. First he must grow up and become a man and then get rid of his father.
He did well, played straightforwardly and didn’t lose many balls. He has a long time to get even better. It’s good that he’s already playing for his country.
Watch the Zlatan interview on Aftonbladet here.
Individual highlights showcasing Martin Ødegaard v Sweden are below…