Was there any doubt about Barcelona having one of the future’s (or should we say present?) best players in the world? Pedri is set to dominate the international soccer scene for many years to come. Week after week he demonstrates confidence, a level, and stats that already place him as one of the most decisive players in La Liga.
Last year he showed his ability to orchestrate the team’s play from midfield and surprised everyone with physical ability and commitment unbefitting a player of his age and physical build. This year he has gone a step further and has increased his influence in the final meters of the field, improving his scoring output and generating constant danger with his shooting, dribbling, and passing, as he showed yesterday by scoring the second goal in the team’s win over Levante.
Now, La Liga Beyond Stats tools have confirmed what we all knew: that his influence on Barça’s recent successes is sky-high. Pedri averages almost 16 meters of distance (over 50 feet) in his drives that generate a shot from him or his teammates, 16 meters in which no one can take the ball away from the Canary Islands magician, who curiously wears number 16 on his jersey.
Pedri having an impeccable season at Barcelona
Pedri is also the second player in the league with the best percentage of success in long-distance passes, with an 86.7% success rate, and is in the top 5 in passes in the attacking zone (with 20.8 per game) and sprints at more than 21 km/h (13 mph), with 44.4 per game. These numbers confirm what we all sensed: Pedri is a beast and an all-around player of a spectacular level.
In a recent interview on Jordi Wild’s podcast, Gerard Piqué talked about Pedri and said that every day he sees him doing things that are unthinkable for a boy of his age. He commented that he has the qualities to be one of the best and that his performances at such a young age are something that not even club legends like Iniesta or Xavi could do at his age, as they needed more time to match their level to that of the senior team.
Is there a limit to Pedri? Time will say, but his future looks very bright and Barcelona has a star for many years to come.