Pedri González has really stood out during his first year at Barça and not only has become into an essential player for Koeman, but it is clear that he has been the club´s only good decision in the last five years.
The Canarian has been the light for Barça while they are still going through a delicate economical and institutional crisis, the life guard of the present and future where the club wants to build a new era with young and talented players to challenge a football that is getting more machining than ever.
The truth is that Pedri made his debut with UD Las Palmas in the second division just a couple years ago, even though we have already gotten used to his presence on the field as a synonym to show. He was only 16 years old and Barça signed an authentic diamond.
Nobody in the club even though that Pedri would earn this irreplaceable status like Messi himself. Barça was Leo, Pedri and nine more players in the line-ups under Koeman.
The news at the moment when this article is posted is that 73 games and 5068 minutes after he started his season (20/21), Pedri is now finally enjoying his well-deserved vacation for the next two weeks.
A top professional and very committed, he not only played more games with Barça (52) than Griezmann and De Jong (51), Busquets (50), Jordi Alba (49) y Messi (47), but he also added 10 more with the Spanish National Team and 11 between the U-21 and the Olympics. Furthermore, he has played up to 6 games with extra time both between the EURO and the Olympic Games, which makes him the player who has participated in the most matches in Europe. Pedri should appear as a synonym of tireless in the dictionary.
Barça are aware of the value of such a talented and committed player who also loves the club, which is why they are already planning on offering him by the end of this season a contract extension until 2026 plus a salary improvement. Because Pedri is special and his contribution is worth an investment that will definitely come back through silent work and noisy success.