Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has won Norway’s prestigious Kniksens Hederspris award for his contribution to his home country’s football.

The 23-year-old became a superstar in Norway when he was just a kid. He has come a long way since, and he has now been handed his country’s highest sporting honour.

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Odegaard wins prestigious Norway award previously won by Erling Haaland

According to Arsenal’s official website, the Norwegian Professional Football League’s Kniksens Hederspris accolade is awarded to “players who have made a significant contribution to Norwegian football.”

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Odegaard, who is Norway’s youngest-ever player and currently the national team captain, has been named as this year’s recipient, two years after Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland bagged the award.

Cato Haug, chairman of the Norwegian Premier League, said, as quoted by Arsenal.com: “In addition to being one of the world’s leading footballers, Martin Odegaard is a role model for all of us.

“We can all be proud to have such a player in the world’s toughest league that children and young people all over the world look up to. 

“The respect the player earns among everyone is unique. An incredible number of hours have been put into training every year, whether it is under the auspices of the club or personal training. He shows great loyalty to the club and the team he plays for, and he always gives his all.

“He makes high demands both of himself and of everyone on the team. And without yelling, he has become a leadership figure.”

The Insider’s View:

Odegaard is a truly phenomenal player.

The Norwegian has been absolutely brilliant for Arsenal since he joined us on loan in January 2021. He has gone from strength to strength since making that move permanent, and since the start of this season, he has been on a whole new level.

Almost everything in Arsenal’s final third goes through Odegaard. He’s a real threat in attack, and he’s one of the biggest reasons why the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus have all thrived.

Arsenal take on Southampton next and Odegaard is almost guaranteed to start. If he has a good game, we should come away with a fairly comfortable victory.

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