Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard that he must ditch his father if he wants to progress in football.
Sweden played out a goalless draw against Norway on Monday night in Oslo, and the match brought together two of the leading stars in Scandinavian football.
Top billing for the Swedes was legend Ibrahimovic, while many of Norway’s hopes for the future are resting on 16-year-old Madrid midfielder Ødegaard.
After the match Zlatan was asked for his opinion on Ødegaard.
The PSG striker duly gave his opinion, advising Ødegaard that his dad shouldn’t be his agent if he wants to succeed in the professional game.
Ibrahimovic said: “It’s not easy to say, but he has a father that controls everything completely. First he must grow up and become a man and then get rid of his father.
“He did well, played straightforwardly and didn’t lose many balls. He has a long time to get even better. It’s good that he’s already playing for his country.”