"Come, enough of this now. We’re both old hands
at the arts of intrigue. Here among mortal men
you’re far the best at tactics, spinning yarns,
and I am famous among the gods for wisdom,
cunning wiles, too."
The Odyssey, Book 13, lines 335-339. It is clear that Athena is a big admirer of Odysseus, simply because they are very alike in character. Odysseus’ patron goddess, herself a master of disguises, recognizes her own cunning and craftiness in her favorite Greek hero.