Argentina everything is played. This Wednesday, from 8, will face Spain with the obligation to win to go to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games. And while the Selection goes for the objective, on the other side will be a candidate who serves the tie, and who has a gem on her side: Pedri.
In less than a year he went from making his debut at Barcelona, to becoming a key player in the team and in his national team (AFP).
The 18-year-old midfielder is the player who has already amazed the Spaniards and all of Europe. Both in his first season as a Barcelona player, and in 2021 in which he debuted with Luis Enrique’s Red and he was chosen the best youngster of the Eurocup and also in the 11th ideal of the tournament. And, as if that were not enough, he was summoned to the Olympics to close his long year.
A native of the Canary Islands, Pedri saw his debut in Las Palmas in 2019, where at the age of 16 he established himself as a starter in the Second Division. At such a level it stood out that just 15 days after its premiere in Primera, Barcelona had already secured it for 5,000,000 euros. Today it has multiplied its value to 80,000,000 euros, with an impressive market value.
In mid-2020 he arrived at Barsa, which was in full crisis. And after Messi’s exit attempt with the burofax that did not materialize, Leo stayed and in Ronald Koeman’s team he found a key partner: Pedro González López, that Pedri who started playing when he was 17 years old. and as if he had always done it with the culé shirt.
From the outset, there was football harmony with Leo, who has him as one of his darlings in Barsa (REUTERS).
Beyond the three assists he gave to Rosario, the influence of this all-field player is based on his game. With Iniesta as an idol and inspiration, his touch, vision of the game, quality in passing and always being ready to partner made him the perfect partner for Lionel regardless of whether the coach chose to play 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2. They did meet all season, with many smiles and hugs from the 10th to their new partner.
“He has always tried to find me and tells me to put myself between the lines that he is going to find me. I look for him, I give him passes because he is the one who can create danger ”, Pedri himself said that relationship on the pitch with Messi. “I hope I can be close to him for several years,” also wished this boy who always asks for her, who has freedom and inspiration. “I try to play as if it were the jersey of my people,” he also said.
He played the Euro and was elected the best young man and in the ideal 11 of the tournament (AFP).
After being the footballer who played the most games in Barcelona’s season with 52, he did not stop playing. He added 10 meetings with the largest of Spain until the semis of the Euro. And now he is going for his third PJ in the Games, against Argentina. “Everything happened very quickly. It is a real madness,” he said before starting in Tokyo. Now he will be the judge of what happens with the kids of Bocha Batista.
ALREADY FACED ARGENTINA
Pedri played against the National Team in the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil. That time he started in the debut of both teams in what was a 0-0 and then they qualified for the eighth. That Argentina was directed by Pablo Aimar and in the Games there is no player from that Argentine team.
Pedri, in action against Kevin Lomonaco in Spain and Argentina of the 2019 U-17 World Cup (EFE).