Pedri’s return will be a relief for Xavi

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The young midfielder Pedri was back in action after an absence of three and a half months. He came on at half time as a substitute for Frenkie de Jong in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid, where the Catalan club went down to a 3-2 defeat in extra time. Pedri will be one of the top selections in soccer betting within one or two years.

It had been 105 days since his last appearance, in the 3-0 defeat to Benfica in Lisbon, when he had to leave the pitch early with an injury to his left thigh.

The midfield player 75 minutes against Real Madrid – the entire second half and all of the extra time – had a real impact in midfield as the blaugranes pushed Ancelotti’s team in the semi-final Riyadh. Pedri had only been able to play four games of the current campaign, two in the league against Real Sociedad and Athletic Club, and two in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and Benfica.

The Canary Islander did not showed any problems after coming on to the pitch after a long time. After coming on, he almost scored soon after with a fine turn and strike from the edge of the box.

It has been only more than 500 days since FC Barcelona has signed Pedri Gonzalez Lopez from Las Palmas. Since then, he has been stepping on many new achievements. Barca signed him in 2019 for just 5 million euros from Las Palmas, intending to play him with the B team. But his breakthrough happened swiftly. After the 2020-21 season, he played 52 matches for the club. He was also the player who played the most matches last season. No one expected this much from an 18-year-old boy. He established himself in Barca’s midfield within one season. 

Last season he played 74 matches in total for both club and country after the debut for Barcelona.

The performances with Barca also opened the doors to Spain’s national team, where he announced himself to the rest of the world by the scintillating performances in the Euro Cup. He also won the award for the Best Young Player of the Tournament and was part of the Team of the Tournament. He also won the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

This season, he won the Kopa Trophy and Golden Boy award, which is given to the best young player. 

Pedri is considered one of the talented midfielders of the upcoming generation. Earlier this season, he signed a new contract with Barcelona, with a one billion euros release clause.

Pedri was also shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or and was ranked in 24th place. The 19-year old Spanish midfielder has already announced his arrival, and he will be one of the talented midfielders that Barca and Spain will have after the era of Xavi and Iniesta.

 

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