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Martin Odegaard “not completely happy” amid disagreement over Erling Haaland’s exploits

Martin Odegaard "not completely happy" amid disagreement over Erling Haaland's exploits


Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard are part of a golden generation for Norway who are hoping to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1998

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For most mere mortals, scoring 12 goals in your first 15 international matches is a record to be proud of.

But Erling Haaland can hardly be compared to most footballers, thanks to his prolific goalscoring form at both club and international level.


Haaland netted a stunning hat-trick against Gibraltar to take his Norway tally into double figures.

Norway thrashed the Group G minnows to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive and kicking.

Stale Solbakken’s side sit on 13 points from six fixtures, level with Netherlands and two points ahead of Turkey in third place.

They haven’t qualified for a major tournament since Euro 2000, with their last appearance at a World Cup coming two years before that.


Erling Haaland netted a hat-trick as Norway thrashed Gibraltar 5-1


But with Haaland banging in the goals, Norway have a genuine chance of reaching next winter’s showpiece in Qatar.

However, such is Haaland’s goalscoring obsession, he admitted that he isn’t totally content with his current record.

He said: “I do not score enough goals, but I approach one goal on average per game. I personally think that I should have had more goals than matches.”


His Norway teammate Martin Odegaard sees the situation very differently, with the Arsenal midfielder describing his goalscoring exploits as “absolutely insane”.



“The numbers speak for themselves,” Odegaard told NRK. “There’s not much more to say, really. It’s absolutely insane. We are lucky to have him.

Asked how his compatriot compares with some of the biggest names in the game, Odegaard added: “I would say that he is right up there among the biggest.

“Again, the numbers speak for themselves. He does not stand back for anyone. We are lucky to have him.”


Odegaard played 90 minutes during the comprehensive win and joked that Haaland owes him a thing or two after hogging all the headlines again.


Martin Odegaard joked he was “not completely happy” with Erling Haaland

Speaking to NRK, he added: “Erling probably owes me some goals and so I’m not completely happy with him today.”


Despite Haaland only making his debut in 2019, he already has his eyes on Jorgen Juve’s Norway record, which currently stands at 33.

And manager Solbakken, believes his striker is on the cusp of something historic, predicting that he will take the record in three years.

“He is about to do something historic,” Solbakken explained. “But what I am most happy about is the responsibility he has taken in the group here, when it comes to being aware that he plays for Norway and that we may not have everything Dortmund has in their toolbox.

“I see no reason for it to stop. There is nothing to suggest that he will not pass everyone.”