Chief FIFA scout: United and Liverpool target is almost a semi-god of football

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Chief FIFA European Scout Fabrizio Bertuzzi lauded Martin Ødegaard after becoming the youngest player to appear in the European Championship.

The 15-year-old wonderkid came on as a substitute in Norway's 2-1 win over Bulgaria on Monday night, breaking a 30-year record as the youngest ever player in a European Championship match. 

The previous record, set by Iceland's 16-year-old Sigurdur Jonsson in 1984, was one few thought could be bettered, but that speaks volumes of the faith put in the youngster by Per-Mathias Høgmo - the Norwegian head-coach.

Talking on the youngster's achievement and recent interest, Chief FIFA scout Fabrizio Bertuzzi built-up the young midfielder even more, remarking the youngster resembled a Xavi and Iniesta hybrid.   

''Odegaard is an interesting player in a highly respected team [Stromsgodset],'' commented Bertuzzi.

''He is a talented and creative midfielder but he has impressive maturity. He attacks down the left but can also play on the right or centre. I saw a similar maturity in Paul Pogba but he was 17 at the time, not 15. 

''I am not surprised Barcelona are interested. He features a mix of both Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Despite being an adolescent he is almost a semi-god of football.''

The comments on the young player, whilst somewhat exaggerated, should excite the supporters of sides who are reportedly chasing the 'semi-god of football'. 

The 15-year-old has played 19 times in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, scoring three goals, and has earned rave reviews for his performances. 

Manchester United and Liverpool, who signed Jordon Ibe in similar circumstances, face strong competition for the youngster's signature, but both sides will fancy their chances of landing the highly-rated starlet. 

No side interested in the young player will be able to guarantee first-team football initially. And It is likely he would be earmarked as a potential player for the Under-21 sides. Therefore, it could stand to reason that the club with the better training facilities and progression plan, as well as financial package, will be the side that eventually lands the player.

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