Pedri gonzalez is the player in fashion this season. It has become the cornerstone of the National Team both during the Eurocup and at the Olympic Games. And the thing about Pedri is that there is no way to catch it. He arrived at Barcelona in 2019 from Las Palmas, positioning himself as a promising young man for the future. Pedri will have something to please all the coaches he has had during this course. Since his arrival at the age of 17, his place in the Blaugrana squad was not clear, but Pedri adapted and in what way. With Ronald Koeman he has been the undisputed starter this season in the first team and already He is a fixture in the plans of the Spanish National Team for Luis Enrique and Luis de la Fuente.
The Canarian midfielder is breaking all records. This season he has played 72 games and has managed to match Bruno Fernandes, the footballer who had played the most games to date. Next Saturday in the final of the Olympic Games against Brazil, Pedri could smash that record and become the player with the most matches (73) and minutes (including several overtime between Eurocup and JJ OO) played in all of Europe. The impact on the Spanish game is, today, irreplaceable and is key in Luis de la Fuente’s scheme. He was also in Euro 2020, being the player who completed the most effective passes under Luis Enrique with a total of 177.
To arrive at these figures he has disputed 52 games with Barça: 37 in the league, 6 in the Copa del Rey, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup and 7 in the Champions League. What’s more, He has played 20 with the Spanish National Team: 6 in the Eurocup until the semifinals except for one minute of overtime against Switzerland, 4 qualifying matches for the U21 Eurocup, 3 qualifying for the Qatar World Cup, 1 international friendly prior to the Olympic Games and the 5 leading up to the time in the Olympics, which can turn into 6 if you play on Saturday. Of the 72 games he has played, the majority have been 90 minutes. An almost insurmountable record.
What’s more, He will complete his first season in elite football with a guaranteed Olympic medal. The gold medal is the great illusion, but for this the Spanish team will have to beat Brazil. Silver is assured, but the great challenge that remains for the Canarian player is to repeat the feat of Spain in the JJ OO of Barcelona 1992 and win the gold.
The revaluation of Pedri
In the last 15 months since arriving in Barcelona, Pedri has increased its market value by 73 million euros, according to Transfermarkt. More than 2400 minutes in the league and with a total of almost 5000 minutes, The player from Tegueste thus becomes the youngest player with the most minutes this season. To that must be added the excellent performance where he has played and proof of this has been the recognition as the best young player of Euro 2020. It is clear that Pedri awakens passions. Some compare him to Iniesta, others simply enjoy watching him play and associate with players of the stature of Leo Messi. Without a doubt, he is a consolidated promise in our football that has a lot of talent to show. We have Pedri for a while.