Pedro (footballer, born July 1987)
Pedro in 2008
|Full name||Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma|
|Date of birth||28 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Winger|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpeðɾo roˈðɾiɣeð leˈðezma]; born 28 July 1987), commonly known as Pedro or Pedrito, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, as a forward or winger.
He usually plays the ball with his left foot but is actually right-footed. He can play on either side of the pitch as winger or second striker; he is good at finding the right position and has excellent technique.
During the 2009–10 season at his main club, FC Barcelona, he became the first player in history to score in six different official club competitions in one season (a feat later matched by teammate Lionel Messi).
Pedro was a key player for FC Barcelona B, as it achieved promotion from Tercera División, making 37 appearances and scoring seven goals. On 12 January 2008 he made his debut for the first team, playing one minute in a 4–0 home win against Real Murcia, but would only amass seven more in his first two seasons combined.
Pedro was a part of the first team's 2008–09 pre-season, and showed early promise, scoring against Hibernian and the New York Red Bulls respectively. On 13 August, he started in a 4–0 win against Wisła Kraków for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. His first match on the group stage of that competition was on 16 September, when he replaced Thierry Henry in a 3–1 home win over Sporting Clube de Portugal.
In Barcelona's treble-winning season in 2008–09 Pedro eventually totalled 14 matches, also appearing in La Liga against Getafe CF, Valencia CF, Real Valladolid and CA Osasuna (0–1 home loss, with Barcelona already crowned champions), totalling 365 minutes. In the campaign's Copa del Rey he played against Benidorm CF and Atlético Madrid, on both occasions for Lionel Messi; in the Champions League final, he played the last minute in the place of Andrés Iniesta.
In 2009–10, manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Pedro would be definitely promoted to Barcelona's first team, and he responded with a breakthrough year, during which he became the first player to score in six different club competitions during a single season and in the same year. On 16 August, after assisting Xavi with the first goal, he scored his first competitive goal for the first team in the 67th minute, helping to ensure a 2–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés for the domestic Supercup. Later that week he signed his professional contract, running until June 2014 with a buyout clause set at £60 million; in the 2009 UEFA Super Cup against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, he came on as a substitute for Zlatan Ibrahimović in the 80th minute, and went on to net the only goal of the match in extra time.
On 28 September Pedro scored his first goal in the Champions League, after replacing Iniesta at half-time in a 2–0 win against FC Dynamo Kyiv. He continued his hot streak and netted his first in the league, against UD Almería, with a brilliant strike that sealed the 1–0 home triumph; the following month he grabbed a brace in the first leg of the Spanish Cup round-of-32 match at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, for a 2–0 win (he also scored in the second leg, a 5–0 home rout).
More and more established in Barcelona's starting lineups, Pedro went on to score another brace in the league, in a 4–2 win against RCD Mallorca. He would continue his scoring touch in the Champions League, netting one of two against Inter Milan.
On 16 December, Pedro scored a goal in the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup against Atlante FC, in 3–1 win. In doing so, he became the first player ever to score in six different club competitions in one season – the three domestic tournaments, the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup and the Club World Cup. He was later named World Player of the Week by Goal.com after his performances against RCD Espanyol, Atlante and Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina, respectively.
In an emotional return to his hometown of CD Tenerife, on 10 January 2010, Pedro came on as a 76th-minute substitute, later helping to Ezequiel Luna's own goal in a 5–0 win – out of respect, he chose not to celebrate. On 10 April he netted the second goal in a 2–0 win against Real Madrid, in his first appearance in El Clásico.
On 14 April, in a league match against Deportivo de La Coruña, opposing goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia attempted to clear the ball from the top of the 16-yard box, and instead kicked the ball right to Pedro, who shot at goal from 40 yards with his left foot and scored, giving Barça a 2–0 lead in an eventual 3–0 win. He also found the net in a 3–1 defeat in the first leg of Champions League semi-finals, against Inter at the San Siro.
In the last three league matches Pedro scored for Barcelona, with the Catalans eventually renewing their league supremacy: against Tenerife again (4–1 win), the 3–2 winner at Sevilla FC and against Valladolid (4–0). He completed the 2009–10 season with 53 appearances in all competitions and 23 goals, and, on 9 June, signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona.
Pedro began the 2010–11 campaign firmly established in Barcelona's starting XI. On 29 November 2010, he scored the second goal in a 5–0 home win against Real Madrid, with Barça climbing to the first position in the league. The following month he netted twice at Espanyol in the local derby, in a 5–1 success.
On 20 April 2011, Pedro scored against Real Madrid in the second half of the season's Spanish Cup final, but his goal was disallowed for offside, in an eventual 0–1 extra time loss. On 3 May, against the same opponent, in the Champions League semifinals second leg, he found Iker Casillas' net in a 1–1 home draw (3–1 aggregate win), for his 21st official goal of the campaign; in the Champions League final, he opened the score against Manchester United, in an eventual 3–1 win.
On 5 July 2011 Pedro extended his contract by one year, until 2016. His buyout clause was raised from €90m to €150m. After the purchase of Alexis Sánchez and the emergence of youth players like Isaac Cuenca and Cristian Tello, he featured less during 2011–12, also being afflicted with some injuries; he did finish the season with 13 official goals, scoring a brace in the campaign's domestic cup final, a 3–0 win against Athletic Bilbao.
On 21 September 2013, Pedro scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 success at Rayo Vallecano. On 22 December, in another away fixture, he added another three – all in the first half and only nine minutes – to help Barcelona come from behind 0–2 and eventually win 5–2 over Getafe.
On 20 May 2010, Pedro was included by Vicente del Bosque in Spain's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On the 29th he made his debut in a 3–2 friendly win against Saudi Arabia, and earned his second cap shortly after, as a 58th-minute substitute in a 1–0 win against South Korea.
On 8 June 2010, in the last exhibition game prior to the finals in South Africa, with Poland, Pedro scored his first international goal, and also assisted Fernando Torres in a 6–0 victory. In the final stages, he appeared in five matches (three as a late substitute): on 7 July, in the semi-final against Germany, he started in place of Torres, who had been performing poorly in earlier matches. In the 82nd minute, with Spain leading 1–0, he attempted to score a goal himself rather than set up an unmarked Torres, although he performed well in the game. Despite this error, he was selected to start in the final, with the national team winning 1–0 against the Netherlands; at the hour-mark, he was replaced by Jesús Navas.
Pedro's main attributes are his pace, dribbling, movement and above all finishing. Given the clinical nature of his finishing for a winger and the ability to make well timed runs behind defences, he is regarded as more of a forward rather than purely a winger because of the striker instincts he possesses. A product of the famed La Masia youth academy of Barcelona, his touch, composure and precision on the ball marks him out as one of the more complete technical players in the world. However, he has been overshadowed throughout his career by the presence of several world class attackers that have graced Barcelona such as Lionel Messi, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
|1.||8 June 2010||Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain||Poland||6–0||6–0||Friendly|
|2.||7 June 2011||José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela||Venezuela||0–2||0–3||Friendly|
|3.||7 September 2012||Pasarón, Pontevedra, Spain||Saudi Arabia||2–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4.||7 September 2012||Pasarón, Pontevedra, Spain||Saudi Arabia||5–0||5–0||Friendly|
|5.||12 October 2012||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||0–2||0–4||2014 World Cup qualification|
|6.||12 October 2012||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||0–3||0–4||2014 World Cup qualification|
|7.||12 October 2012||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||0–4||0–4||2014 World Cup qualification|
|8.||14 November 2012||Rommel Fernández, Panama||Panama||0–1||1–5||Friendly|
|9.||14 November 2012||Rommel Fernández, Panama||Panama||0–3||1–5||Friendly|
|10.||6 February 2013||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Uruguay||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
|11.||6 February 2013||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Uruguay||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|12.||26 March 2013||Stade de France, Paris, France||France||0–1||0–1||2014 World Cup qualification|
|13.||16 June 2013||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Uruguay||1–0||2–1||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|14.||5 March 2014||Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain||Italy||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|15.||8 September 2014||Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain||Macedonia||5–1||5–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11, 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; Runner-up 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
- Barcelona B
- As of match played 18 June 2014
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Barcelona's Pedro scores in 6th competition". USA Today. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- "Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma". FC Barcelona. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "First test overcome in style (0–6)". FC Barcelona. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Another high score before the preliminary (2–6)". FC Barcelona. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "A step towards the group stage (4–0)". FC Barcelona. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Good football brings fair result (3–1)". FC Barcelona. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Persistence brings a point (1–1)". FC Barcelona. 23 November 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Henry majestic in Barça goal-fest (4–0)". FC Barcelona. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Eto’o goal secures three crucial points (0–1)". FC Barcelona. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Celebration in defeat (0–1)". FC Barcelona. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Pitfall avoided (1–0)". FC Barcelona. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Messi the King (1–3)". FC Barcelona. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Six of the best for Pedro". FC Barcelona. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- "Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona". Goal.com. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Pedro pounces to add to Barça glory". UEFA.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Barcelona vs Dynamo". Goal.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Pedro cracker earns the points (1–0)". FC Barcelona. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Pedro turns tie in Barça's favour (0–2)". FC Barcelona. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Second half goal flurry (5–0)". FC Barcelona. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Four goals to stay top (4–2)". FC Barcelona. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Barcelona vs Inter Milan". Goal.com. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- Pedro makes history; ESPN Soccernet, 15 December 2009
- "World Player of the Week: Pedro Rodriguez – Barcelona". Goal.com. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
- "Messi inspires five star Barça (0–5)". FC Barcelona. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Messi does it again – this time setting up Barcelona for 2–0 win at Real Madrid". Sports Features. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
- "Pedro stunner helps Barça beat Depor (3–0)". FC Barcelona. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
- "Impressive Inter leave Barça on the ropes". UEFA.com. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Winning in the rain (4–1)". FC Barcelona. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Massive step towards title (2–3)". FC Barcelona. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Dominant Barça regain league title (4–0)". FC Barcelona. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Pedro extends stay until 2015". FC Barcelona. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "Exquisite Barca crush Real". ESPN Soccernet. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
- "Pedro se doctora en el derby" [Pedro gets PhD in derby] (in Spanish). Sport. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- "Ronaldo heads Real to victory". ESPN Soccernet. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Barcelona keep Madrid at bay to reach final". UEFA.com. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Barça crowned as Messi and Villa see off United". UEFA.com. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- Pedro to stay at Barça until 2016; FC Barcelona, 5 July 2011
- "Pedro, de dos a tres semanas de baja" [Pedro, two to three weeks out] (in Spanish). ABC. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Barca say goodbye in style". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Rayo Vallecano 0–4 Barcelona: Pedro hat-trick seals Blaugrana win". Goal.com. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- "Hat-trick hero Pedro eyes Barcelona starts". Goal.com. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- "Líder sin defensa" [Leader with no defense] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Spain omit Marcos Senna from 2010 World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "World Cup 2010: Pedro Enjoying the high life". Peace FM Online. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Plaudits take back seat for Spain striker Pedro". UEFA.com. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Official site statistics
- "Pedro". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
- Pedro at National-Football-Teams.com
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