FC Barcelona forward Pedro Rodríguez (25) played his 200th official game for the Catalan club at the Santiago Bernabéu last night. As Pedro reached this milestone we take a look back at some of the significant moments in his journey with the first team so far.
The player, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, joined the Barça youth structure in August 2004 to play for the Juvenil A side after previously representing CD San Isidro. After three years with the reserve teams he finally enjoyed his first team debut on September 11, 2007 in the Copa Catalunya, but he still spent most of the season with Guardiola’s Barça B, helping them achieve promotion to Division 2B. When Josep Guardiola was appointed manager of the first team, Pedro was one of the players he made the most use of in the 2008/09 preseason. As the season progressed, Pedro started playing a role in all competitions, enjoying some playing time in La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League. In total, he appeared in 14 games in the 2008/09 season but didn’t score any goals until the 2009-10 Supercup match at San Mamés.
On August 20, 2009 Pedro signed a contract as a first team player after being one of the highest scorers in the preseason games. In 2009, Pedro achieved the unique feat of scoring goals in all six competitions Barça was a part of, namely the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League , both the European and Spanish Super Cups and the Club World Cup, the first player in the world to do so. Without a doubt he was one of the stars of the 2009-10 season, scoring 10 league goals along the way. In the 2010/11 season he made 53 appearances and scored 22 goals, one of which was the Champions League final opener at Wembley. The same season saw him score in six consecutive games, a feat only Escolà, Quini and Stoichkov had achieved before him. In the 2011/12 season, Pedro managed to score 13 goals in 48 games, some of which were crucial goals, such as his brace in the Copa del Rey final on May 25. In addition to that title he also won the Spanish Supercup, European Supercup and the Club World Cup.
Today Pedro Rodríguez is an integral and essential part of FC Barcelona. Pedrito, as he was known when playing in Barca B, has won three Spanish league titles, two Copa del Rey titles, three Spanish Super Cups, two Champions League titles, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups. His role at the club earned him a spot in the Spanish National team with whom he has won the FIFA World cup (2010) and European cup (2012).
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