The manager of FC Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez has declared the club’s youngster, Pedri Gonzalez as the biggest prospect in World football after helping the club to beat Valencia 4-1 on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Pedri is the reigning Golden Boy winner which is an award given to the most promising footballer under the age of 21. So far in his football career, the 19-year-old central midfielder has proven that he was born to be among the very best footballers in the history of the game.
At a very tender age of 18, he has represented Spain’s senior national team in the European Championship and the Olympics Game which showed how important he has already become at his age.
Though Pedri has suffered a couple of injury setbacks, he has continued to remain a prominent figure in Xavi’s squad.
For instance, in the Spanish La Liga game between FC Barcelona and Valencia, he gave an outstanding account of himself that kept everyone who followed the game talking.
One of the most outstanding moments in the game for Pedri was when he played a stunning shot from outside the box eighteen that went straight to the net.
After he celebrated the goal which should have been a stunner, the referee awarded the goal to FC Barcelona’s new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because the shot made contact with Auba before he ended in the net. Hence, it was counted as an assist for Pedri.
After the 4-1 victory over Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday, coach Xavi acknowledged that Pedri did not lose a ball throughout the 90 minutes of the game.
The coach who was a former player at the club described the 19-year-old Spanish midfielder as a top-level both-footed player who must be pampered.
“He gives us a break, he doesn’t lose the ball, he’s both footed… he’s superlative,” Xavi said.
“What he does, how he turns, the tempo… it’s fantastic. He’s top level and he’s only 19 years old.
“He’s spectacular, and there’s no bigger prospect in the world than him. We have to pamper him.
“He makes the difference in the game, in the area… he wins the ball back. It’s wonderful to have him. He comes on for half an hour and is transcendent.
“He’s not a normal player. There are few others like him.”
PEDRI WHAT A HIT 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/oYQp6H10gt— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 20, 2022
The personal profile of Pedri and his FIFA 22 ratings
Pedri’s full name is Pedro González López. He was born in Tegueste, Spain, on 25 November 2022.
He is a product of Laguna and Las Palmas youth system who joined FC Barcelona on September 2, 2019, for a transfer fee worth €20 million.
He made his international debut on March 25, 2021, and has made 10 appearances for Spain national team since then. He made his Spanish La Liga debut on 27 September 2020.
Pedri’s weight is approximately 60kg and his height is 1.74 metre.
In FIFA 22, Pedri has an overall rating of 82. His attacking ability is rated 82, his defending ability is rated 80, and his midfield ability is 84. Pedri’s favorite position is the Central midfield.
What is Pedri’s contract with FC Barcelona and salary?
In 2021, Pedri signed a contract that will keep him at FC Barcelona until June 30, 2026. The contract reportedly earns the 19-year-old midfielder £32,000-per-week, that is, the Spain international is entitled to £1,664,000 every year.
Though he is just 19-year-old, the Spanish youngster has already garnered £3,681,600 net worth according to viral reports.
Though there is a release clause on his contract worth a billion euros, transfermarkt.com claims that Pedri’s transfer market value is €80 million.
So far this season, the Spanish midfielder has played 11 games in all competitions due to injury issues. He has managed to score two goals and provided an assist so far this season.