Martin Odegaard was the most coveted youth player in 2015 after playing for his national side at the age of just 15.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich were all eyeing up the youngster before Real Madrid swooped in and picked up the Norwegian prodigy for £2.3million after five goals in 24 appearances for Stromsgodset.
The Real Madrid fan base would have been looking forward to the future knowing there was a potential world-beater in their side.
And as of yet he’s not lived up to the hype.
He went on a season and a half loan to Eredivisie outfit SC Heerenveen in the middle of his third year at the club.
Odegaard came back to Spain with 43 appearances in the Eredivsie and would’ve hoped with Julen Lopetegui replacing Zinedine Zidane, he would be getting a chance in the first team this season.
Unfortunately for him he’s just been loaned out to Vitesse.
Is he another teenager destined for greatness only to spectacularly fail? Only time will tell.
Here at Mirror Football, we looked at five youngsters who were tipped for greatness but didn’t even get close to what was expected of them.
It’s a list Odegaard will be seriously hoping to avoid…
The new Pele – Freddy Adu
Probably a name that comes to the front of most peoples minds when they hear "failed wonderkid".
You can’t blame anyone for tipping him for greatness. You would have been silly not to.
Adu signed a professional contract for MLS outfit D.C United at the tender age of 14 and became the youngest ever player to score in the MLS at the start of his first season with the American club.
Adu was touted as "the next Pele" – but it didn’t really pan out like that.
Adu played in 87 league games for D.C. United, was nominated for FIFPRO Young player of the year in 2005 – won by a certain Wayne Rooney – he had a trial at Manchester United in 2006.
Everything seemed to be running smoothly for the young American.
After that, it started to go downhill. Other than one campaign at Philadelphia Union, Adu never played more than 13 games a season playing for the likes of Monaco, Greek side Aris Thessaloniki and Serbian outfit FK Jagodina.
Adu became a journeyman.
The Ghanaian born American is now at the 14th club of his career at 29 years of age playing for Las Vegas Lights.
Paul Pogba’s role model – Ravel Morrison
A player Alex Ferguson said was one of the most naturally talented youngsters he’d ever seen at the club.
This is a man who saw the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney all as teenagers while at Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand said Paul Pogba used to look up to him.
Where did it all go wrong?
Morrison was a brilliant player on the pitch but had his number of problems off it.
The Scotsman gave up on the Mancunian and sold him to West Ham.
Ferguson told then Hammers boss Sam Allardyce: "I hope you can sort him out, because if you can he will be a genius".
He was sent on loan to Birmingham and had a decent spell in the Midlands but the problems kept on coming Morrison’s way with a common assault charge against his ex-girlfriend in 2014 and eventually fell out with Big Sam after loans at QPR and Cardiff.
Morrison made the unlikely move to Lazio in 2015 and after failing to get a place in the first team was loaned (again) to QPR.
After a poor spell in West London he then became the second ever Englishman to play in the Mexican first division, turning out for Atlas on loan.
Morrison returned to Lazio this year and now time is seriously running out for the 25-year-old to make his mark on the footballing world.
The next big thing – Michael Johnson
Billed as England’s next big thing and with an "innate understanding of the game" according to Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann, Michael Johnson was never able to show the world his talent.
Johnson made 37 league appearances at Manchester City during his short career and although he picked up a couple of injuries there was still hope he would make it as a big time player in the Premier League.
There even were rumours that Liverpool were ready to offer £12 million for the youngster in 2008.
Sadly he picked up an abdominal injury in 2008 and only a few months after he returned he suffered a serious knee injury.
When Johnson returned to fitness he as taken on loan by former manager Sven-Goran Eriksonn but was sent back to Manchester after only nine games when he picked up another knock.
Sadly Johnson never played a professional football game again. Constant injuries and a battle with depression didn’t help his football career and his contract with Manchester City was eventually terminated.
In 2015 he opened an Estate Agents in his home town of Urmston and also owns a bar in Manchester.
The new Zidane – Anthony Le Tallec
The winner of the silver boot in the Under-17 World cup, being dubbed as the "Next Zidane" was snapped up by Liverpool when he was just 17.
Although he still has decent a career he never got close to the achievements of Zizou.
The forward was loaned to boyhood club Le Havre for a further two seasons, leaving Liverpool fans hopeful he would come back an even better player.
Le Tallec asked to leave the club in 2004 after thinking he wouldn’t get a chance in Merseyside because Rafael Benitez was bringing in Spanish players, he told L’equipe.
He was loaned to Sunderland in 2005 after only 19 appearances in two years.
He proceeded to go on two more loans while at Liverpool and moved permanently to Le Mans.
From then on, while still playing a good amount of games each season this was hopping between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and a couple of seasons with Atromitos in the Greek Superleague.
Le Tallec was last seen playing for Orleans in Ligue 2 in his native France.
The new Pele (again) – Nii Lamptey
Adu wasn’t the first player to be dubbed the "next Pele".
Ghanaian footballer Nii Lamptey was compared to the Brazilian mastermind after he shone at the Under-16 World Championships.
Anderlecht wanted him but the Ghanaian FA, who had Lamptey’s passport, refused to let him go to Europe and wanted to build a team in Ghana around him.
Lamptey escaped to Nigeria where the Nigerian and Anderlecht defender Stephen Keshi gave him a fake passport and they travelled to Belgium together.
He made his first appearance for the club when he was just 16, scoring seven goals in 14 games during his first season.
Lamptey continued to impress in Europe, when he was loaned to PSV Eindhoven, scoring ten goals in 22 games.
Everything was going well for Lamptey until his Italian football agent sent him to Ron Atkinson’s Aston Villa – a move which came as a bit of a surprise.
It was rumoured the agent did the deal for his own financial gain and even took a signing on bonus that was meant for the Ghanaian.
Lamptey didn’t have a good time in England and from then on had a poor career, playing in the likes of Italy and Argentina, he never found a club he could find his feet at.
He retired in 2008 after playing for South African side Jomo Cosmos.
He now runs a farm in Ghana.
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