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Pedri, a Golden Boy with a Very Promising Future

The 19-year-old Spaniard was chosen as the best under-21 player in the world, and is positioned as one of the greatest promises of soccer on the world stage. Can Pedri meet the expectations?.

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On this occasion, the 19-year-old Spaniard surpassed other quite promising footballers. Photo: FCBarcelona

LatinAmerican Post | Nicolás Donoso

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Throughout the history of soccer, there are hundreds of players who have stood out for their technical ability, their physical strength, their scoring ability, ways of defending or precision in their passes, among many other factors that make the player admired by fans of this sport. From time to time, there are players who start to shine at a very young age, attracting the attention not only of the fans, but also of the main scouts and the big teams in the world.

A case that is the perfect example with the aforementioned is, without a doubt, Pedri, a Spanish midfielder who just turned 19 years old and who plays for Barcelona, being chosen as the Golden Boy by the Italian media Tuttosport, This award is given to the best player in the world in the Under 21 category and which in recent years has been won by players such as Erling Haaland, Joao Felix, Matthijs De Light, Kylian Mbappé and the Portuguese Renato Sanches.

On this occasion, the Spaniard surpassed other quite promising players such as Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Bryan Gil (Tottenham) or his clubmate Pablo Paéz "Gavi" (Barcelona).

An exceptional irruption

Pedri's career began professionally at UD Las Palmas, a team with which after spending a year he made his debut in the second division at only 16 years old, impressing with his 4 goals and 7 assists in a total of 36 matches played. But the soccer player was surprise more by his quality, vision of the game despite his young age, last pass and his effective dribbling to get rid of rivals.

This irruption in professionalism led him in 2020 to sign for Barcelona, where the Tegueste-born only continued to demonstrate all the differential he can be, earning an increasingly important space in the culé team, with which last season he played 52 games in all competitions, getting 4 goals and 5 assists. Pedri was consolidated in the team that at that time was directed by Ronald Koeman and drawing the attention of the whole world.

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His incredible resolution capacity to play indoors on the court, his mastery of the conception of space-time, his vision of the game, the way to play between the lines and his offensive impact continued to evolve in the following months, which would lead him to be considered by the Spanish coach, Luis Enrique, to summon him to the adult team, making his debut on March 25 of this year with Spain, against Greece.

Eurocup and Olympics in his body

May 24 will be marked in his short career as a professional player, since Pedri was one of the 24 summoned by Luis Enrique for the European Championship. In this tournament, Pedri would continue to show his growth, playing practically every minute of the competition with Spain that reached the semifinals, being eliminated by Italy on penalties and where Pedri was chosen as the best young player in the championship, in addition to integrate the ideal eleven of the competition. New awards for his untimely career.

But that would not be just that, and it is that at the end of June, and while the Spaniard was playing the Eurocup with the Spanish team, Luis de la Fuente nominated him for the Tokyo Olympic Games, having to play two very competitive tournaments in little more than a month, a challenge that for Pedri would not be a problem. Spain reached the final in that tournament, and again with Pedri having minutes in all matches; also hanging the silver medal, after losing in the final against Brazil.

Very occasionally, players like Pedri appear, who made his soccer debut at the age of 16, at 17 he was already making his debut with Barcelona and at only 18 he was playing the Champions League, Eurocup and the Olympic Games. His growth seems to have no ceiling, and it is only a matter of time before the new Golden Boy continues to dazzle with the ball at his feet.