Emerged in a golden generation of la Masia graduates and Spanish pearls, Pedro Rodríguez was hailed as the ideal squad player. Doesn’t take much credit, the Canarian was always the most easy going player in a coach’s squad. He possesses speed and good technical abilities, and played a big part during Guardiola’s dominant era when he emerged in 2009/10 and was the first to score in all six competitions Barça played in. A forward that lived to serve, but wasn’t afraid to strike at goal as well. He never had the potential to become a phenomenon, but he was good competition for any player in his calibre.
Fast-forward to today, and it isn’t the same case anymore. Pedro used to be a missing piece in a forever star-studded Barça attack-line that featured the likes of Eto’o, Henry, Ibrahimović, Villa, Alexis, Neymar and of course, Messi. He would operate on either wing, and bring the best out of his partners up front with his fantastic final passes that only require a tap-in finish. He worked in the shadows in a similar ethic as of Busquets’, and let the bigger players get the merits through his humility. If anything, Pedro always seemed like he felt lucky to play at such a big club alongside such phenomenal players. However, a lot has changed since his glorious rise, and it’s more of a headache to fit the 27-year-old in Luis Enrique’s current XI. So what happened?
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