Once upon a time, Martin Odegaard was the next future star and his move to Real Madrid from unknown Norwegian side, Strømsgodset, looked to be the start of a magical partnership.
However, since moving to Spain at 16, the tricky 21-year-old has made only two senior appearances for Madrid across three seasons and had to settle for loan spells elsewhere. With this said, it now seems that everything is falling into place Odegaard after another fantastic season away from the Bernabeu.
After making his way into the Eredivisie Team of the Year with eight goals for Vitesse last season, the Norwegian superstar has quickly become one of Europe's brightest talents once more. Thus far, Odegaard has netted seven times and bagged eight assists across La Liga and the Copa del Rey and even managed score against Madrid at the Bernabeu.
That goal against Los Blancos was met by muted celebrations, despite how much the winger wanted to show Zinedine Zidane what he is missing. This goal was part of a 4-3 scoreline that seen Odegaard and Sociedad eventually make it to the final of the Copa del Rey. It also means that the Madrid loanee has as many goals against the club than he does La Liga appearances for them.
The Norwegian has been in stellar form all season long and surely he has done enough to warrant a place back with his parent club. Now, with a Copa del Rey final to come, all eyes will be on Odegaard as he looks to win Sociedad their first major trophy in 34 years and keep up their pursuit of Champions League football.