Historians will be called liars when they tell the story of a short Canarian from Tenerife who once upon a time led FC Barcelona’s attack in its finest era. He was 5 ft 7 in. He wasn’t good looking. He wasn’t stylish. And he was never going to be a poster boy. He created no drama and respected all his peers. He was probably the most disciplined player on and off the pitch. And he didn’t bring anything unique to the beautiful game.
How did his career go? Well, his narrative can be understood in the context of three substitutions in three Champions League finals.
Exit hints dropped by the Canarian
There’s been a lot of speculation recently about the possible departure of Barça’s winger Pedro Rodríguez with the arrival of Arda Turan well sealed and done. Only a fool would suggest that he still has a chance to stay at Barça as a starter, with a ridiculously talented line of South Americans leading Barça’s attack.
While the most speculated destination is Chelsea, Pedro denied the rumour and steered away from the subject as it was a “a lack of respect to my club, Barça.” However the three-time Champions League winner did admit that his release clause had been lowered to €30 million. “That’s true, both the club and I decided to reduce the clause and it’s true there are offers. I’m in a difficult situation at Barcelona.”
“We are here to win the tittle. The team deserve this, because they worked hard for it”, said Lionel Messi after winning la Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League to finish off the perfect season in the Blaugrana jersey. The 28 year old’s hunger makes it seem like winning the treble is all in a day’s work… oh wait.
However, behind his Barça successes there grew a little monster creeping over his shoulders ever since his debut game with La Albiceleste back in 2005, when he received a red card only 30 seconds after coming onto the pitch at the age of 18. ‘ That kid will never make it with la Selección‘ made the rounds. Whatever he was in Europe, all the hype about him being the next Maradona was doubted from day one. Could he handle that pressure though? Most players would crumble now and then. But pressure for Leo is like a sheep to a lion, easy to swallow. The journey however didn’t quite fulfill that narrative.