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Pedri’s spectacular year

Pedri gonzalez you will never forget this 2021 that is about to end. After arriving at Barça in summer of 2020 coming from the UD Las Palmas, a club where he spent a season on loan after signing as a Barça player, the Canarian midfielder has undergone spectacular growth. His leap to the elite led to the explosion of a footballer called to mark an epoch during the next decade in the Barça and the Spanish team. After debuting with him Barça in a friendly before him Nástic de Tarragona at Johan cruyff on September 12, 2020, Pedri convinced Koeman to stay in the first team of the Barça With only 17 years and in a short time he became an indispensable footballer for the Dutch coach. In fact, he was the most used footballer by Koeman during the season, contesting a total of 52 games and 3,532 minutes.

Pedri he accumulated precocity records and became the player with the most games played in the same season. At 52 disputed with the Barça -beating heavyweights like Griezmann and De Jong (51), Busquets (50) or Sunrise (49) -, Pedri added another 10 with the senior team under the orders of Luis Enrique, reaching the semifinals of the Eurocup, and another 11 with the Sub’21 and the Olympic, with which he reached the final of the Tokyo Games. In total, 73 games, one more than the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.

Two titles and four goals

In addition to completing 73 matches, Pedri he managed to score 4 goals as a Barça player. His first scorer was against Ferencvaros in the group stage of the Champions, a goal that placed him among the earliest footballers to see a goal in the Champions League with Barça, at 17 years and 330 days. The third youngest to do it with Barça.

Pedri he also scored against him Betis at the Camp Nou the final one (5-2). A bit that turned Pedri in the fourth youngest Barça footballer to score in the domestic competition, after Ansu, Bojan Krkic and Leo Messi. The other two went before Athletic and I raised. To the goals, Pedri added a Copa del Rey with the Barça and the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

Renewal and individual recognition

His spectacular career led to the Barça move fast to avoid the attempts of the greats of Europe. Culé from cradle, Pedri he turned a deaf ear to the millionaire proposals that came to him from Germany and the Premier League and signed his renewal with him Barça on October 14, becoming the first player to have a 1,000 million.

To the recognition by the club with his contract extension and a salary increase, the canary picked up the individual awards in recognition of his spectacular season. First the Golden boy, which honored him as the best player in Europe U21 and this past Monday he was crowned as the best footballer in the world under 21 years of age receiving the award Kopa.

The only but in this last part of the year have been injuries. Pedri suffered a rupture of the quadriceps of the left leg in the match against the Bayern Munich of the Champions League September 14. After relapsing to Benfica in Lisbon and again noticing discomfort recently, both the player and the coaching staff agreed that they would not take any more risks, so Pedri will not play again until next year.

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