Signe Gaupset: The Norway teenager tipped to follow in the footsteps of Martin Odegaard, Caroline Graham Hansen & Ada Hegerberg
Norway seems to have a knack for producing talented teenagers. Barcelona’s Caroline Graham Hansen was only 18 when she was sought out by Tyreso, a Swedish side doing their best impression of the Galacticos. The club told its players that she had the potential to be one of the best in the world. She’s since won trophies in three different countries, and the Champions League.
Ada Hegerberg, the first ever recipient of the Ballon d'Or Feminin, was 17 when she joined two-time European champions Turbine Potsdam. A year later, she’d sign for Lyon, where she’s gone on to win six of those continental titles herself and become the Champions League's all-time top goal-scorer.
Martin Odegaard may be the most extreme example, becoming Real Madrid’s youngest ever player aged 16 years and 157 days. Today, he’s the captain of an Arsenal team that have led the way for the majority of this season's Premier League title race.
At one point or another, Signe Gaupset has been mentioned in the same breath as all three of those names. These are prodigious footballers who have gone on to achieve incredible things, and many believe that Brann’s 17-year-old midfielder, who was a NXGN 2023 finalist, can follow in their footsteps.
But who is this teenager that has everyone in her homeland so excited? What makes her worth such hype? Let NXGN introduce you to the next wonderkid coming off of Norway’s relentless production line…