“I have a busy life! In addition to homework, friends, a girlfriend and my family, I play on Viking’s junior football team and is vice-captain there. I've also been lucky enough to get to practice with the A-team – it’s a good experience to get familiar with the level, and to get to know the guys on the team better. So yes, I train a lot, both with the team and on my own.”
How much do you exercise?
“A lot. I do many hours of football and weight-lifting, but that’s how I like it.”
Do you often get red cards?
“I play a tough game. I love to win and hate to lose, so I’ll do anything to get the three points. But I’ve managed to stay away from any red cards so far. I get a few yellows during a season, though…”
Do you have to sacrifice a lot for football?
“I don’t feel that I’ve sacrificed anything. My whole life I’ve been doing what I love the most. I’m not interested in parties, so I don’t feel that I’m missing out. All of my closest friends are just as dedicated as me, so I have a full social life. And I do have time for other things as well – it’s important to chill sometimes, in order to not get sick of football. I struggle to get all of my homework done, though. But I go all in if I have a test.”
With a professional career almost within reach, how do you make sure your ego does not blow up like Ronaldo’s?
“Up until now, I haven’t really achieved anything that gives me any reason to walk around with my head in the clouds. But I believe in myself and work hard. It remains to be seen if I can keep in touch with reality if my career skyrockets.”
So you do want to be a pro?
“Yes, but I still think it’s more important to be a good person than a good football player. And when my career is over, I think I want to move to a different country. Maybe the USA.”
But before you get that far: what is the best thing about living in Stavanger?
“I have lived at Storhaug in the centre of Stavanger my whole life and feel at home here. Everything is within reach, and it is easy to get around.”
You seem to live a pretty carefree life?
“I try not to worry too much. I’ve been lucky enough to have a life without a care in the world, but now that I’m 18 and have to manage more on my own, I expect them to arrive slowly but surely.”
Do you watch SKAM?
“Yes, I think it’s a fun an relevant series that gives an interesting insight into the life of Norwegian youths.”
What about yourself – when do you feel ashamed?
“I rarely get embarrassed. I’m very outgoing and confident, so I have a lot of self-irony and can laugh at myself. But I get uncomfortable when my mum or dad try to be funny …
Skam is a Norwegian teen drama TV series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the West End borough of Frogner in Oslo. The series is created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).